Environmental Groups See Divide over Landmark Climate, Energy Bill Weakened by Industry Lobbying
After months of debate and millions of dollars in lobbying, a House panel has approved a climate and energy bill to reduce greenhouse gases. While several environmental groups have welcomed the bill, others remain critical of its concessions to the coal, nuclear, gas and oil lobbies, the scaling back of the greenhouse gas reduction target, and the giving away of the majority of pollution credits for free, instead of auctioning them.
Environmental groups differ--some see the changes as a step in the right direction, others see it as not a big enough step. Well, all see it as not big enough, but is something better than nothing? That seems to be the question.