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Sen. Sanders, After U.S. Hits Heat Record, Floats New Climate Bill

Jan 10, 2013
(The Hill)

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is floating legislation to impose fees on greenhouse gas emitters, a plan that’s highly unlikely to advance but shows that liberal lawmakers intend to ramp up calls to tackle global warming in the new Congress.

Sanders announced the bill a day after federal officials reported that 2012 was the hottest year on record in the lower 48 states, smashing the record set in 1998 by a full degree Fahrenheit.

The bill from Sanders would create a "transparent fee on greenhouse gas emissions from the biggest polluters," his office said in a brief summary.