WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Global warming is the focus of at least seven bills on Capitol Hill, but whether any of them will become law before President George W. Bush leaves office in 2009 is a matter of keen debate.
At this point, there are no front runners -- just bills with some chance of prevailing in some form and those that are dead on arrival, industry and environmental analysts said.
A comprehensive U.S. law to address the challenges of global climate change is at least two years away, the analysts said. Wall Street, however, has begun to prepare for possible changes, including a U.S. market on greenhouse gases.
Bush's position on climate change has evolved, from questioning the science linking human activity to global warming in 2001 to agreeing last month to work with the world's biggest emitters of greenhouse gases and others to formulate international goals by the end of 2008, shortly before his White House tenure ends.
He remains opposed to mandatory limits on emissions linked to global warming -- the key to most of the climate bills. Hard limits would provide the essential trigger for a market in which industry would be forced to clean up or pay for the right to pollute, experts say.
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"What we are left with now is probably the path of less resistance, with some sector-specific bills ... but this is not the end game, which is having a more comprehensive approach to dealing with greenhouse gases," Ray Kopp, a climate expert at the nonprofit research group Resources For the Future, said in a telephone interview. Kopp looked to the next U.S. administration to help formulate a comprehensive climate change policy.
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Global warming is the focus of at least seven bills on Capitol Hill, but whether any of them will become law before President George W. Bush leaves office in 2009 is a matter of keen debate.
This is a sad situation, you know as long as Bushco and his gang are in office nothing will be done, I don't believe they are in denial, it only about greed and power.