How Will Inslee's Proposals Fare in the House Climate Legislation?

By Chris Kissel May 13, 2009

Politico reports today that the comprehensive climate bill that's been negotiated over for the last few months will finally be released tomorrow. In the meantime, Democrats in the energy committee are making edits to the bill's cap and trade proposal, authored by Rep. Jay Inslee (D-WA,1).

Arguments between Democrats about how much slack to cut carbon-intensive industries have been one major factor holding up the preparation of the energy bill. Inslee's cap and trade plan was written with a sizable capitulation to industry interests—the cap and trade plan, as Inslee introduced it, gives out an unspecified amount of free emissions permits to firms in 41 carbon-intensive industries, like steel, cement, and wood product processing. (According to, Inslee received $10,000 in campaign donations from pulp and paper corporation Weyerhaeuser, as well as $21,000 from various industrial unions.)

I'm eager to see how different Inslee's proposals--also including a low fuel efficiency standard and a regulation of black carbon--look when the legislation is unveiled tomorrow.

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