Bipartisan energy bill to a halt about coolant change

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A sweeping energy package to combat climate change, which was meant to have cross-party support, has reached a standstill in the Senate on a coolant change.

The energy legislation introduced by Alaska Republican Lisa Murkowski and West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin, would materialize to be more efficient and the author of billions of dollars in the development of clean energy options for the elimination of greenhouse gases. It would also be a safety improvement of the network, and assists to capture initiatives and projects, and to remove carbon dioxide emissions at their source, from coal and natural gas plants.

The bill, if also very much supported by both parties, which stalled over a proposed change of phase to partially halogenated hydrocarbons or HFC, which is more than 15 years. H-CFCs are restrict the refrigerants used in refrigeration and air-conditioning systems and are widely considered to be one of the main causes of global warming. You are limited in countries around the world.

Republican Senator John Kennedy of Louisiana and Democratic Sen. Tom Carper of Delaware urged the change, saying it would spur U.S. companies for the production of “next-generation” refrigerants as an alternative to CFC Both senators come from States in which the company, the production of alternative refrigerants.

The change sponsors, the support of at least three dozen senators, including 17 Republicans, signed on as a co -. Sen. majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senator John Barrasso of Wyoming, however, is against the change.


Without a vote on the HFC-language, the bill was derailed in a procedural vote, 47-44. It would need 60 votes to proceed to a debate.

“It is also frustrating to our invoice, which contains the priorities of more than 70 senators, held up by an unrelated dispute that was never part of our discussions in the run-up to this floor process,” said Murkowski. She said the legislature “will regroup and find a way forward to find, but you will need to have members of the more reasonable and accommodating than they were in the last week.”

Senate Minority Chuck Schumer, d-New York, said he would vote “no” before Monday night, unless, McConnell agreed to let the coolant change to get a voice, and threw McConnell, to block an otherwise popular Supplement.

“You are thousands of times more harmful to our atmosphere than carbon dioxide. Phasing-out of this HFC is very important. And it will go a long way in the fight against climate change and protecting the environment for future generations,” he said, according to The hill.


The Kennedy-Carper amendment to the medium line with a 2016 “global deal” – phase-out would limit the cooling. Scientists estimated at the time that this could avoid half a degree Celsius global warming by the end of the century.

McConnell, he refused to blame was the Problem, and he said he was disappointed by the cul-de-SAC.

“In contrast to the democratic leader statements on the floor, I’m sure not every party to block inter-changes,” McConnell said on Tuesday. “What really happened is that the Democrat leader moves the goalposts.”

McConnell, in his speech before the vote, praised the bill as-is, it has to say, provisions of three-quarters of the Senate.

Barrasso said he did not take into account the coolant provisions, unless the language is added to explicitly prohibit States from setting their own standards beyond the Federal standards.

Supporters said States, would be likely to the federal standard, and the language, preempting hold a state measure would be a bad precedent.

Kennedy accused fellow GOP leaders blocked a vote on the amendment “, because they are afraid it will happen.”

Even if McConnell and other leaders, which will enable against the change, you should make it a vote, Kennedy said in a floor speech. “OK, you do not agree with the change. This is why God roll-call votes,” he said.

Kennedy said the bill was now “dead as a doornail”, but Carper seemed to be more optimistic. “We’ve come too far to give up now.”

McConnell said that he did not give up, in a speech on Tuesday. He not agreed on the procedure to measure Monday, he will be able to ask under Senate rules, for a new vote if an agreement can be reached.


“I hope we can in the past, this grandstanding, stop this bipartisan legislation and send it to the house, so that we can get it on the President’s Desk,” McConnell said. “Let us not waste this opportunity [to help], our nation move towards energy security, energy efficiency, and affordability for years to come.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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