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Senate GOP Readies Climate Bills in Bid to Court Wary Democrats

May 21, 2019, 1:24 PM

Senate Republicans are readying a response to populist climate initiatives such as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s (D-N.Y.) “Green New Deal” with measures that they say adhere to their free-market principles and stand a better chance of becoming law.

The emerging proposals to fight climate change would avoid imposing dramatic cuts to carbon dioxide emissions. Instead, they seek to promote clean energy technology such as energy storage, renewable power, and carbon-capture technologies. One measure would create an investment fund to pay for the research.

“What we’re doing is trying to come up with on something that actually has a path...

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