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Publication Date: October 2007

Publisher(s): Heritage Foundation (Washington, D.C.)

Author(s): Ben Lieberman; William W. Beach

Series: Backgrounder

Topic: Environment (Weather and climate)

Keywords: Energy and environment; clean air act; cap and trade; climate legislation

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


Climate legislation can take two forms: expanding existing measures that mandate alternative energy sources or reduce energy consumption and imposing cap-and-trade restrictions on emissions from fossil fuels. Both approaches seek to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels. Given the large cost, it is important that Congress avoid enacting legislation that does more harm than global warming itself.