In contentious climate bill, some points of possible agreement

In spite of partisan disagreements, everyone agrees on some elements of climate legislation. That includes electricity standards, carbon-trapping technology, toxic chemicals, a diesel emissions program and controls on methane.

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March 5, 2021 - 1:50 PM

From left, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA), and Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI), join in announcing a bipartisan proposal for a COVID-19 relief bill on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on December 1, 2020. (Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images/TNS)

WASHINGTON (TNS) — Republicans greeted climate legislation from their Democratic peers with a cold embrace, calling it a “one-size-fits-all” approach. Nevertheless, some elements of the bill have a shot at bipartisan support, including electricity standards, carbon-trapping technology, toxic chemicals, a diesel emissions program and controls on methane.

The bill, which Energy and Commerce Committee Democrats introduced Tuesday, sets national targets to slash greenhouse gas emissions at least 50% by 2030, down from 2005 levels, and reach net-zero emissions by mid-century.

Its central element, a policy known as a “clean electricity standard,” would require utility companies nationwide to generate a rising percentage of their electricity from zero-emissions sources, hitting 80% by 2030 and 100% by 2035.

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