By Jessica Wentz   The Kerry-Lieberman (KL) bill discusses additional mitigation strategies in Title VII, Subtitle C: “Achieving Fast Mitigation”, including pages 533-618. This subtitle contains provisions for addressing non-CO2 climate forcers, including hydrofluorocarbons (§§ 2201, 619), black carbon (§§ 2211-2214, 805, 795), and methane (§ 2221). It also requires the EPA Administrator to conduct […]

By Matt Wisnieff The Kerry-Lieberman (KL) bill details a plan for United States participation in international climate change efforts in Title V, §§ 5001-5007, which begins on page 893. These provisions recognize that widespread social, political, economic, cultural, and environmental challenges are posed by climate change—particularly to developing countries—that imperil the environmental, economic, national security, […]

By Matt Wisnieff The consumer protection provisions of the proposed Kerry-Lieberman (“KL”) Senate bill are laid out in Title III, Subtitles A-C of the bill, on page 680. These provisions add substantially to the new Title VII of the Clean Air Act. Subtitle A focuses on aiding consumers through distribution of emission allowances to electricity […]

By Jessica Wentz The Kerry-Lieberman bill addresses international competitiveness in Title IV, Subtitle A, covering §§ 771-778 and starting on page 782, entitled “Protecting American Manufacturing Jobs and Preventing Carbon Leakage.” The provisions in this Subtitle amend Title VII of the Clean Air Act, creating two programs to protect American manufacturers, prevent an increase in […]

by Bradford McCormick and Hannah Chang The recently-released discussion draft of the Kerry-Lieberman bill (KL), officially titled the American Power Act, contains numerous provisions that affect the role of states in addressing climate change as well as the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) authority under the Clean Air Act (CAA).  Preemption has been the subject of […]

by Jessica Wentz The Kerry-Lieberman (KL) bill addresses international offsets in Title II, Subtitle A, Part E, entitled: “Offset Credit Program for International Emission Reductions”, §§ 751-763 (p. 423-469). These sections articulate the requirements for implementing an international offsets program, and for determining what types of offsets will be recognized in the program. Kerry-Lieberman International […]

by Matt Wisnieff This is the next blog post in our series on the differences between the two climate bills: the proposed Senate bill known as Kerry-Lieberman and the passed House bill known as Waxman-Markey. We will shortly have an entry on international offsets. Administration and Regulation The domestic carbon offsets provisions of the proposed […]

by Marne Sussman This blog post discusses the renewable energy provisions in the Kerry-Lieberman bill (KL), including provisions for nuclear energy, clean coal technologies, and off-shore oil and gas, and compares them to similar provisions in the Waxman-Markey bill (WM). Title I starting on page 14 of the KL discussion draft is titled “Domestic Clean […]

by Hannah Chang This second blog in our series on the Kerry-Lieberman bill (KL) discusses the bill’s market oversight provisions.  Title II, Subtitle E, covering §§ 2401-16 and starting on page 624 of the KL discussion draft, is entitled “Regulation of Greenhouse Gas Markets.”  These provisions amend the Commodity Exchange Act (CEA) to give the […]

by Jason James The long-awaited Senate climate and energy bill, introduced by Senators Kerry and Lieberman, was released yesterday. Various commentaries and analyses have already been circulated and are available at the Center’s legislation resource page. This is the first in a series of blogs that will summarize different portions of the Kerry-Lieberman bill and […]

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