The Obama Administration is beginning to talk less about Cap-and-Trade and more about clean energy legislation while tying it to job creation, reports FarmFututes.com.
Meanwhile, according to the Washington Post, The United States pledged Thursday to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 17 percent by 2020 from 2005 levels under an international climate agreement. However, the commitment is contingent on passing legislation at home.
The commitment states that the United States will cut its emissions "in the range of 17 percent, in conformity with anticipated U.S. energy and climate legislation, recognizing that the final target will be reported to the Secretariat in light of enacted legislation." It remains unclear if Congress will pass a comprehensive climate bill this year.
White House energy and climate adviser Carole Browner stressed the need Wednesday for legislation to eliminate dependence on foreign oil and mandate an increase in electricity from renewable sources. She said this is about creating a new generation of clean energy jobs that will position the U.S. in a global market.
White House officials say alternative energy research will remain relatively unscathed from the President's proposed spending freeze. Rob Nabors, deputy director of the White House's Office of Management and Budget says that not everything in the budget is of equal importance to the country. Those things that are the most important to the President, the things like education and energy research are at the top of the list.
Senators leading efforts to write a bipartisan climate bill have signaled they will keep pushing hard for legislation that would curb emissions of greenhouse gases and boost development of alternative energy.