Murkowski Introduces Kyoto Substitute
A new bi-partisan bill was introduced Tuesday to address climate
change issues using "American ingenuity in the marketplace to
develop new technology that can be exported and deployed around the
world." Chief sponsor, Chairman Frank H. Murkowski of the Senate
Energy Committee, said the Energy and Climate Policy Act of 1999
would chart a different course than the Kyoto Protocol. "Our bill
represents a long-term, technology-based, alternative to Kyoto.
Even if the U.S. succeeded in limiting its own emissions, "we are
unlikely to compel China to submit to mandated emissions limits.
But they want to buy our technology, so let's play our strong
The bill sponsored by Murkowski, and Sens. Chuck Hagel, R-NB,
Robert C. Byrd, D-WV, and Larry Craig, R-ID, among others, would:
create a new $2 billion research development and demonstration
program for public-private partnerships in new technology; improve
existing law to promote voluntary reductions in greenhouse gas
emissions; create an Office of Climate Change in the Energy
Department. The proposal is just the beginning Murkowski said.
Additional measures could install tax incentives to promote clean
air practices; promote voluntary agricultural and forest management
practices that trap additional carbon dioxide in biomass and soils;
and promote U.S. exports of clean technologies to nations such as
China and India.
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