Kerry Meets with Utility, Environmental Officials on Climate Bill

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Senator John Kerry (D-MA) “led more closed-door talks on Monday with top electric utility and environmental officials in the search for a sweet spot on a bill capping greenhouse-gas emissions from power plants,” POLITICO reports.

Edison Electric Institute President Tom Kuhn, Environmental Defense Fund President Fred Krupp and David Hawkins, head of the Natural Resources Defense Council’s climate center, huddled for about an hour in the Massachusetts Democrat’s Senate office.

All three declined comment as they left the meeting with Kerry, a lead author with Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) of legislation that would set the first mandatory limit on carbon dioxide emissions from power plants.

Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) “still holds the reins on the climate and energy package, with plans to begin Senate floor debate next week.”

Reid last week said he expects to debate a bill with four major parts: an oil spill response; a clean-energy and job-creation title based on work done in the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee; a tax package from the Senate Finance Committee; and a section that deals with greenhouse-gas emissions from the electric utility industry.

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