Manufacturing state Dems lay out climate bill demands

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Manufacturing state Dems lay out climate bill demands

The Hill – Ten Senate Democrats on Thursday offered the architects of upcoming climate legislation a detailed list of measures they say are needed to protect and boost U.S. manufacturing.

The letter – spearheaded by Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) – comes ahead of the planned April 26 unveiling of the long-awaited climate and energy bill authored by Sens. John Kerry (D-Mass.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.).

The letter calls for several provisions that contain the costs of the bill for manufacturers, including a “firm price collar” on the cost of emissions allowances and some free allowances set aside for “energy-intensive, trade-exposed” industries.

Other goals on the long list include so-called border measures, also known as “carbon tariffs,” to prevent companies operating in countries without strong emissions requirements from gaining a competitive advantage.

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