The climate change bill gets even harder to love

As expected, the sausage-making process that is the climate change bill is going to get even uglier in the Senate, reports the Chronicle’s Jennifer Dlohy:

But the regional concerns that threatened the bill in the House — from the vitality of manufacturing in the Midwest to the financial health of the oil industry in Texas and Louisiana — are political dynamite in the Senate.
Where the House membership is distributed by population — with delegations from green-friendly California and New York having 82 members — the Senate’s equal distribution of seats means that coal-reliant Ohio has the same voting power as California.
“Regional issues tend to blow up in the Senate,” observed Frank Maisano, a Washington-based energy specialist with Bracewell & Giuliani. For supporters, “the largest problem is the regional nature” of the debate.

The environmental community is not pleased, the New York Times notes. And even the business coalition whose very name implies “hooray for cap-and-trade” is getting frayed, says the WSJ:

“Caterpillar Inc., the Peoria, Ill., heavy-equipment maker and a founding member of USCAP, said it doesn’t support the House legislation, citing several “problematic” provisions.
One calls for emissions standards on off-road machines like bulldozers. Others would impose tariffs on goods from countries that don’t match U.S. efforts to combat climate change, and require contractors on some energy-related projects to pay employees at least the locally “prevailing wage.”

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