Climate control debate heats up in the Senate
Wed Sep 30, 2009 8:47pm EDT
By Richard Cowan
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s drive to fight global warming got a boost on Wednesday as Democrats in the U.S. Senate unveiled a bill aimed at slashing greenhouse gas emissions in the next four decades.
The plan aims to cut carbon dioxide and other pollutants by encouraging broader use of solar, wind and other renewable fuels in place of dirtier ones such as oil.
It also would invest U.S. funds in finding cleaner ways to burn coal and other fuels.
Written by liberal Senators Barbara Boxer and John Kerry, the proposal would achieve a 20 percent reduction in smokestack emissions by 2020 from 2005 levels.