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LIVE COVERAGE of July 7th Senate testimony on clean energy and climate legislation

Scott Dodd

Posted July 7, 2009

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NRDC's David Hawkins is among the experts -- along with Energy Secretary Steven Chu, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson and Agriculture Department Secretary Tom Vilsack -- scheduled to testify on Tuesday, July 7 before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.

The committee, chaired by Barbara Boxer of California, will begin considering the issue of clean energy and climate legislation following last month's historic passage of the American Clean Energy and Security Act by the U.S. House of Representatives. NRDC supported the bill, which would cap global warming pollution and create clean energy jobs, and has urged the Senate to strengthen and pass similar legislation.

Follow live coverage of the Senate testimony here on Switchboard.

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Meg SheehanJul 9 2009 11:25 PM

Dear Mr. Hawkins,
Thank you for pointing out the biomass loopholes in your July 7 Senate testimony.

However, you obfuscated the issue by ignoring incineration of trash, C&D, landfill gas and other "renewable energy sources" identified in ACES, and mixing up the "life cycle" analysis applicable to biofuels with the issue of CO2 emissions from incineration.

The answer to the "biomass" issue is simply count the CO2. The atmosphere doesn't care where the CO2 comes from - a trash incinerator or a coal plant. The life cycle of the tree is irrelevant, and CO2 in any event can't be reabsorbed by a tree in time to make a meaningful difference for the climate crisis.

Please check out our website at:

We are a campaign to get incineration out of the RES on the grounds that incineration emits more CO2 than coal, burns forests, drains rivers, pollutes the air, and harms human health.

Meg Sheehan, Esq.

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