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By Mark Peters Of DOW JONES NEWSWIRES BOSTON -(Dow Jones)- U.S. climate czar Carol Browner said Monday she strongly prefers regulations on greenhouse gas come from the U.S. Congress, while seeing a climate-change policy as essential ahead of a world meeting in December.
Speaking at a conference at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Browner said she’s confident Congress can move forward with climate policy, citing hearings scheduled later this month on a sweeping legislation proposed by Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., and Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass. Browner added the legislative approach provides greater options to combat climate change instead of a regulatory approach by the Environmental Protection Agency.
The Waxman/Markey bill introduced late last month would put in place a cap-and-trade market to reduce carbon-dioxide emissions while creating a renewable portfolio standard, requiring an increasing share of the nation’s electricity come from renewable sources such as wind and sun.
In his fiscal 2010 budget, President Barack Obama proposed cutting greenhouse gases 14% by 2020 and 83% by 2050 and auctioning off 100% of the emission credits – the right to emit. But the Obama administration has remained largely silent on the details of climate legislation.
Although not providing a timetable for when she would like to see Congressional action, Browner said in her comments that it’s essential to have a climate-change policy in place ahead of the U.N. climate talks scheduled in Copenhagen in December.