Senate Battle Brews Over Bush Emission Plan

Environmentalists and utilities both critical of plan to control greenhouse gas emissions.

Published: 15-Feb-2002

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Bush administration's plan for industry to voluntarily cut one of the worst air pollutants faces a battle in the Democratic-led Senate, which has been eyeing its own proposal to force companies to meet tough new standards.

At issue is the best way to reduce carbon dioxide, a heat-trapping gas linked to global warming. It is produced by burning fossil fuels such as oil, natural gas and coal.

Sen. Jim Jeffords, the Vermont independent who heads the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, said on Thursday the White House plan did not go far enough.



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