Administration Steps Up Efforts on Climate Bill


DAVID STOUT
The New York Times
October 27, 2009

[efoods]The White House and its allies in the Senate intensified their campaign Tuesday, in the face of some determined opposition, to advance a bill that its supporters say will reduce global warming while making the United States more secure.

“When the starting gun sounded on the clean energy race, the United States stumbled,” Energy Secretary Steven Chu said on Capitol Hill. “But I remain confident that we can make up the ground. When we gear up our research and production of clean energy technologies, we can still surpass any other country.”

While Mr. Chu and other high-ranking administration officials were appearing before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, President Obama appeared at a solar-energy center in Arcadia, Fla., offering billions of federal dollars for investments in cleaner electricity and calling for “nothing less than the sustained effort of an entire nation” to achieve a new energy system.

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