Climate Change Discussion Heats Up Part 1: H.R. 1862

Today, we start taking a look at Congressional approaches to combating climate change.

At the moment, most of the work is being done in the House of Representatives, where there are two major bills.

The first is sponsored by Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.). 

Van Hollen recently annoyed some senior Democrats by publicly saying he wanted to proceed cautiously on climate-change legislation if it appeared the Senate would not take it up. He wants to avoid forcing freshman Representatives to take a stand on the highly controversial issue unless he is confident the effort to regulate greenhouse gases will not fizzle out.

The second is sponsored by House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman  (D-Calif.) and the committee's Subcommittee on Energy and the Environment Chairman Ed Markey (D-Mass.). The bill has not been formally introduced, but a discussion draft is available on the committee's Web site. Analysis will come later this week.

After the jump, we take a look at Van Hollen's bill.

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