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US Climate change legislation passes first hurdle – tougher challenges ahead.

- Sunday, June 28, 2009

The New York Times reports the US House of Representatives has narrowly passed climate change legislation, although political commentators believe the legislation will face a bigger challenge in the US Senate, given the breakdown of voting for the Bill. The legislation was passed by 219 votes to 212, mostly on the basis of Democrat votes – although 44 Democrats voted against the Bill.

Only 8 Republicans voted for the Legislation. If passed by the US Senate and enacted, the legislation would result in a US Emissions Trading Scheme commencing in 2012. Agriculture is exempt from coverage by the legislation. The article can be viewed here.

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