Ms Murkowski said in an interview that she, like other Republicans, did not intend to vote on the $ 1.85 trillion bill that contains the president’s climate agenda. But she said she had no objection to clean energy tax breaks, calling them a climate policy “safe zone”.
The Republican presence was a shift from 12 years ago, when Senator James Inhof, a Republican from Oklahoma, traveled alone to the UN climate conference in Copenhagen to protest climate science and declare that “there is no chance in the world.” America will pass the law. fight global warming.
Senator Brian Schatz, a Hawaiian Democrat, said at the summit that he was encouraged by the number of Republican MPs who are willing to discuss serious climate policy. The bottom line is that the United States needs to reduce its use of fossil fuels, he said.
“If you don’t agree with this, then you are playing word games,” said Mr. Schatz.
President Biden has made combating climate change the centerpiece of his presidency. If the pending bill is passed, analysts said, it would put the United States about halfway towards the president’s goals. The rest will depend on a combination of things outside Mr Biden’s control, such as markets and rules, which could be overturned by a court or overturned by a future administration.
Michael S. Regan, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, said in an interview Tuesday that he will announce a “package” of new policies to reduce emissions from utilities by the end of the year. After transportation, electricity is the second largest source of emissions in the United States.
V The Supreme Court is ready to weigh whether the EPA has the authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. A conservative court decision could hit the agency’s ability to tackle climate change. Mr Regan said he had no plans to wait for a decision before promulgating new regulations for the power plant.
“We have paper pens now,” he said.
Ms Ocasio-Cortez said the United States and other developed countries must take even more action to combat global warming.