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by Jessica Wentz The Kerry-Lieberman (KL) bill addresses domestic adaptation strategies in Title VI, “Community Protection from Climate Change Impacts”, containing §§ 6001-6011. This title contains provisions for implementing programs to protect the country’s natural resources from the effects of climate change, including creation of a Natural Resources Climate Change […]

Achieving Fast Mitigation: Comparing KL and WM

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 […]

U.S. Participation in International Climate Efforts in KL and WM

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 […]

Competitiveness in International Trade: Comparing Kerry-Lieberman and Waxman-Markey

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 […]

Preemption and Alteration of EPA and State Authority to Regulate Greenhouse Gases in the Kerry-Lieberman Bill

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 […]

Comparing International Offsets in Kerry-Lieberman and Waxman-Markey

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 […]