WASHINGTON (AP) — The election may be over, but a new campaign is being waged in the nation's capital as lobbyists, advocates and trade groups fight to shape the government's response to the looming fiscal cliff.
Former Vice President Al Gore said toned-down rhetoric against climate change and discussion from Republicans about a carbon tax indicate that Congress could move to enact climate change legislation in the near future, The Hill reports.
Sen. David Vitter, R-La., a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner alleging that the Obama administration has hidden internal discussion on a carbon tax from the public, The Hill reports.
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi says she's hopeful lawmakers can come to a deal to avoid a year-end "fiscal cliff" but any agreement has to include tax rate increases for the wealthy.
Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, set to lead the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, are optimistic about their ability to work together to advance the nation's energy policies, Politico reports.
A new report from the Congressional Budget Office said a carbon tax could bring in significant revenues and help reverse climate change at the cost of higher prices and lower incomes, The Hill reports.
The House Appropriations Committee proposed giving $24.3 billion to the subcommittee that finances the Interior Department, EPA and similar agencies, an 18-percent cut from fiscal 2013 levels, E&E News reports.
Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chairman Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Ranking Member Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, called on the Forest Service to drop its plans to withhold funds from rural timber communities.