The Climate/Energy Bill: Required reading and viewing

Next week, the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and the Environment is scheduled to finalize what is probably the most important piece of legislation this year. (No small claim in a year of turmoil and opportunity.)

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The House bill doesn’t have number yet, but it does have a “short title” — American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 — and a long draft version, 648 pages long, to be precise. (To download a pdf copy, click on the bill’s image to the right.)

Why is the bill so important? Because it could be the most comprehensive government attempt to reduce climate change so far. Actually, that’s not saying much since virtually nothing has been done to address what some experts say is the single greatest threat to our economy, the environment, public health and national security. Oh, and the rest of the world.

So, yeah, it matters.

I’ll have much more information and analysis of the bill on Monday, including a segment on the role solar power may or may not play in the final bill.

For now, here are some discussions of the bill, pretty much from across the political spectrum, courtesy of CSPAN.

CSPAN on Energy Bill

CSPAN on Energy Bill


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