Not All Congressional Democrats Likely To Approve Climate Legislation

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) vowed to make climate legislation one of the chamber’s top priorities and make the entire economy carbon neutral by 2050.

However, seven Democrats joined all Senate Republicans in voting to block a fracking ban in last week’s budget resolution “vote-a-rama.”

Additionally, Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Jon Tester (D-MT) voted with all Senate Republicans in backing the Keystone XL pipeline and the Senate also was split on a carbon tax by a 50 – 50 party line vote.

The votes illustrate the political obstacles Democrats face to move a potential clean energy standard this Congress.

Kevin Book, managing director of research firm ClearView Energy Partners, said for democrats to pass a comprehensive climate bill including a carbon tax, “would probably need at least two to four more seats from states that aren’t producing a bevy of coal, oil or gas.”

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