Senate resolution backs mandatory emission limits

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Author: Eli Kintisch
Date: July 1, 2005
From: Science(Vol. 309, Issue 5731)
Publisher: American Association for the Advancement of Science
Document Type: Article
Length: 583 words
Lexile Measure: 1390L

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Seven years after rejecting the Kyoto climate treaty by a vote of 95-0, the U.S. Senate has affirmed the science of global warming and for the first time called for "mandatory market-based limits" on greenhouse gas emissions. The bipartisan resolution is not binding. But it repudiates the long-standing White House position that research and voluntary action are preferable to limits, and the resolution will be part of a massive energy bill approved this week by the Senate.

"The sense of the Senate is changing," says an aide to Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN), one of 12 Republicans to support the resolution introduced by Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM). The statement was cosponsored by Senator Pete Domenici (R-NM), chair of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, which plans hearings this month on a regulatory system for greenhouse gases.

The statement declares that "there is growing scientific consensus that...

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