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Climate bill coming up, but might go down, in U.S. Senate

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A long-awaited climate change bill will come up in the U.S. Senate next week. Among other measures, it includes a national renewable electricity standard, requiring more power to come from sources other than fossil fuel such as coal. It has bi-partisan authorship, and support on both sides of the aisle as well. But a prominent Republican says the bill won't pass. Lester Graham reports.

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Transcript: Lester Graham, April 20, 2010

Senators John Kerry, a Democrat, Joseph Lieberman, an independent and Lindsey Graham, a Republican have been working behind closed doors for six months to draft a climate and energy bill. They're supposed to release it next Monday.

Darren Samuelsohn covers Washington for ClimateWire. He says no one knows everything the bill will include... but some points have been revealed.

Samuelsohn: Price on carbon emissions across multiple sectors of the economy: power plants, heavy manufacturing and transportation and then trying to ramp up a range of domestic energy supplies from nuclear to natural gas to oil.

Samuelsohn says the bill will also include a national renewable electricity standard, requiring more power come from sources other than fossil fuel such as coal.

Samuelsohn speculates this bill could pass in the Senate... but it will require some arm twisting and deal making by President Obama.

The Senate's chief climate change denier, Republican James Inhofe told Fox News the bill won't get half the votes it needs to pass.

For The Environment, I'm Lester Graham.

Copyright 2010. The Regents of the University Of Michigan. Used with permission.

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