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5 Green Groups Declare Senate Climate Bill 'Unacceptable'

Stacy Feldman

WASHINGTON - Five national environmental groups declared the stalled Senate climate
and energy bill "unacceptable" on Tuesday, saying the nation would be
better off in the long run without it.

The current form of the bill is "too high a price" and "the solution is
a fake one," said Bill Snape, senior counsel at the Center for
Biological Diversity, a member of the coalition of groups opposed to the

The disagreement between that coalition, members of Congress and 31
other environmental groups that came out in support of legislation this
week highlights the battles to come as Congress attempts to work out a
compromise climate bill this year or next.

Among the coalition's biggest gripes is a provision that would jettison
the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's authority to regulate
greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act.

"Industry doesn't like the Clean Air Act because it actually reduces
pollutants," said Snape.

The groups also objected to the bill's emissions reduction goals; the
billions being thrown into cleaner coal and nuclear power; and language
that would handicap the ability of states to curtail global warming

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