Obama’s major energy bill passes in the House.
Wired PR News – The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a major climate bill that is the first to include pollution limitations connected to global warming. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), the bill passed in the House by a narrow margin with a 219-212 vote.
As noted by the AP, Republicans voted against the measure by a large majority, citing it would negatively impact the job market and impose heavier tax burdens on consumers. The bill, which will now proceed to the Senate, is aimed at facilitating the use of cleaner energy.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is quoted in the report as stating he is, “hopeful that the Senate will be able to debate and pass bipartisan and comprehensive clean energy and climate legislation this fall.”
Rep. Ed Markey of Massachusetts is further quoted as stating that the bill is, “the most important energy and environmental legislation in the history of our country… It sets a new course for our country, one that steers us away from foreign oil and towards a path of clean American energy.”
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