The Green Business Network is hosting a seminar on Greenhouse Gas Legislation on Thursday, September 3 from 5-9pm at the Columbia Club in Indianapolis. To register and get directions go to the Green Business Network registration page. Though the House narrowly passed a climate change bill in late June, the Senate is moving slowly, partly due to its preoccupation with health care legislation.
A recent article in the New York Times noted that ten Democratic Senators from coal-producing states have sent a letter to President Obama noting the kinds of protections they want from a climate bill in order to lend it their support:
"They called for transition aid for energy-intensive manufacturers in
the form of rebates on their energy costs; negotiation of a strong
international agreement on emissions; programs to monitor emissions in
other countries; and significant financing for clean energy technology (my emphasis).
The authors also proposed “border adjustments,” tariffs, on goods from countries that do not agree to an international program for carbon dioxide reductions. The House bill gives the president the power to impose such penalties on goods from countries that do not adhere to an international climate change regime.
The 10 senators were Evan Bayh of Indiana; Sherrod Brown of Ohio; Robert C. Byrd and John D. Rockefeller IV of West Virginia; Bob Casey and Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania; Russ Feingold of Wisconsin; Al Franken of Minnesota; and Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow of Michigan."
Most experts believe that some kind of carbon limiting legislation will be passed in the next year, and business owners of all sizes will want to know how to plan ahead and take advantage of tax incentives, etc. Thanks to Lena Lucas and the Green Business Network for organization these informative events.