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05-S0342 on Feb 10, 2005

Legislation by 2008 Presidential Candidates: establishing greenhouse gas tradeable allowances
Source: Climate Stewardship Act (S.342/H.R.759)
OFFICIAL CONGRESSIONAL SUMMARY: A bill to provide for a program of scientific research on abrupt climate change, to accelerate the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in the US by establishing a market-driven system of greenhouse gas tradeable allowances, to limit greenhouse gas emissions in the US and reduce dependence upon foreign oil, and ensure benefits to consumers from the trading in such allowances.

SPONSOR'S INTRODUCTORY REMARKS: Sen. McCAIN: This bill is designed to begin a meaningful and shared effort among the emission-producing sectors of our country to address the world's greatest environmental challenge--climate change.

The National Academy of Sciences reported, "temperatures are, in fact, rising." The overwhelming body of scientific evidence shows that climate change is real, that it is happening as we speak.

Terrible things are happening at the poles, which will have global implications. Amplified global warming, rising sea levels, and potential alterations in ocean circulation patterns are among the global concerns.

The International Climate Change Task Force recommended that "all developed countries introduce mandatory cap-and-trade systems for carbon emissions and construct them to allow for future integration into a single global market." That is already being done in Europe as we speak, which is the substance of this legislation.

If we do not move on this issue, our children and grandchildren are going to pay an incredibly heavy price because this crisis is upon us, only we do not see its visible aspects in all of its enormity. We have done relatively nothing besides gather additional data and make reports. That is what the US national policy is today: gather information and make reports. I would argue that is a pretty heavy burden to lay on future generations of Americans.

LEGISLATIVE OUTCOME:Referred to Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works; never came to a vote.


    Participating counts on VoteMatch question 18. Question 18: Prioritize green energy Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
  • Topic: Energy & Oil
  • Headline: Establish greenhouse gas tradeable allowances (Score: 2)
  • Headline 2: Sponsored bill for greenhouse gas tradeable allowances (Score: 2)

  • Key for participation codes:
  • Sponsorships: p=sponsored; o=co-sponsored; s=signed
  • Memberships: c=chair; m=member; e=endorsed; f=profiled; s=scored
  • Resolutions: i=introduced; w=wrote; a=adopted
  • Cases: w=wrote; j=joined; d=dissented; c=concurred
  • Surveys: '+' supports; '-' opposes.



Democrats participating in 05-S0342

Gary Ackerman s1oNew York Dem./Ind./Lib. (Retiring 2012) 
Tom Allen s1oMaine Democrat (Retiring 2008) 
Rob Andrews s1oNew Jersey Democrat 
Brian Baird s1oWashington Democrat (until 2010) 
Tammy Baldwin s1oWI Democratic Challenger 
Shelley Berkley s1oNevada Democrat (Senate run 2012) 
Howard Berman s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Timothy Bishop s1oNew York Democrat 
Earl Blumenauer s1oOregon Democrat 
Robert Brady s1oPennsylvania Democrat 
G.K. Butterfield s1oNorth Carolina Democrat 
Maria Cantwell s1oWA Democratic Jr Senator 
Lois Capps s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Michael Capuano s1oMA Former Democratic Primary Senate Challenger (2009) 
Dennis Cardoza s1oCalifornia Democrat (Retiring 2012) 
Russ Carnahan s1oMissouri Democrat 
Julia Carson s1oIndiana Former Dem. (Deceased 2008) 
Ed Case s1oHawaii Democrat 
Ben Chandler s1oKentucky Democrat 
William Lacy Clay s1oMissouri Democrat 
Emmanuel Cleaver s1oMissouri Democrat 
Hillary Clinton s1oNY Former Democratic Senator (NY); now Secretary of State 
John Conyers s1oMichigan Democrat 
Jon Corzine s1oNJ Former Democrat (until 2009) 
Elijah Cummings s1oMaryland Democrat 
Danny Davis s1oIllinois Democrat 
Susan Davis s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Mark Dayton s1oMN Democratic Governor 
Diana DeGette s1oColorado Democrat 
Lloyd Doggett s1oTexas Democrat 
Richard Durbin s1oIL Democratic Sr Senator 
Rahm Emanuel s1oIllinois Former Democrat (until 2009) 
Eliot Engel s1oNew York Democrat/Liberal 
Anna Eshoo s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Lane Evans s1oIllinois Democrat 
Sam Farr s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Chaka Fattah s1oPennsylvania Democrat 
Dianne Feinstein s1oCA Democratic Sr Senator 
Bob Filner s1oCalifornia Democrat (Mayoral run 2011) 
Barney Frank s1oMassachusetts Democrat (Retiring 2012) 
Raul Grijalva s1oArizona Democrat 
Luis Gutierrez s1oIllinois Democrat 
Jane Harman s1oCalifornia Democrat (Resigned 2011) 
Alcee Hastings s1oFlorida Democrat 
Brian Higgins s1oNew York Democrat 
Maurice Hinchey s1oNew York Dem/Working-Fam.(Retired 2012) 
Rush Holt s1oNew Jersey Democrat 
Mike Honda s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Jay Inslee s1oWA Democratic Governor 
Steve Israel s1oNew York Democrat 
Sheila Jackson Lee s1oTexas Democrat 
Eddie Bernice Johnson s1oTexas Democrat 
Stephanie Tubbs Jones s1oOhio Former Dem. (Deceased, 2008) 
Patrick Kennedy s1oRhode Island Democrat (until 2010) 
John Kerry s1oMA Democratic Sr Senator 
Dennis Kucinich s1oOhio Democrat (Lost 2012 Primary) 
James Langevin s1oRhode Island Democrat 
Tom Lantos s1oCalifornia Former Democrat (until 2008) 
Frank Lautenberg s1oNJ Democratic Sr Senator (retiring 2014) 
Patrick Leahy s1oVT Democratic Sr Senator 
Barbara Lee s1oCalifornia Democrat 
John Lewis s1oGeorgia Democrat 
Dan Lipinski s1oIllinois Democrat 
Zoe Lofgren s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Nita Lowey s1oNew York Democrat 
Steve Lynch s1oMassachusetts Democrat (Senate run 2013) 
Carolyn Maloney s1oNew York Democrat/Liberal 
Ed Markey s1oMA Democratic Challenger 
Doris Matsui s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Carolyn McCarthy s1oNew York Dem./Ind./Working-Families 
Betty McCollum s1oMinnesota Democrat 
Jim McDermott s1oWashington Democrat 
Jim McGovern s1oMassachusetts Democrat 
Michael McNulty s1oNew York Dem./Cons. (Retiring 2008) 
Marty Meehan s2pMassachusetts Democrat (Retired 2007) 
Robert Menendez s1oNew Jersey Democrat 
Michael Michaud s1oMaine Democratic Governor Challenger 
Juanita Millender-McDonald s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Brad Miller s1oNorth Carolina Democrat (Retiring 2012) 
George Miller s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Gwen Moore s1oWisconsin Democrat 
James Moran s1oVirginia Democrat 
Patty Murray s1oWA Democratic Sr Senator 
Jerrold Nadler s1oNew York Dem./Lib./Working-Families 
Grace Napolitano s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Richard Neal s1oMassachusetts Democrat 
Bill Nelson s1oFL Democratic Sr Senator 
John Olver s1oMassachusetts Democrat (Retiring 2012) 
Major Owens s1oNew York Democrat (until 2007) 
Frank Pallone s1oNew Jersey Democrat 
Donald Payne s1oNew Jersey Former Democrat(Deceased 2012) 
David Eugene Price s1oNorth Carolina Democrat 
Charles Rangel s1oNew York Dem./Lib./Working-Families 
Steven Rothman s1oNew Jersey Democrat 
Lucille Roybal-Allard s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Linda Sanchez s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Jan Schakowsky s1oIllinois Democrat 
Adam Schiff s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Allyson Schwartz s1oPennsylvania Democratic Governor Challenger 
Jose Serrano s1oNew York Democrat/Liberal 
Brad Sherman s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Louise Slaughter s1oNew York Democrat 
Hilda Solis s1oCA Democratic Gubernatorial Challenger 
Pete Stark s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Ellen Tauscher s1oCalifornia Former Democrat (until 2009) 
Mike Thompson s1oCalifornia Democrat 
John Tierney s1oMassachusetts Democrat 
Ed Towns s1oNew York Democrat/Liberal (Retiring) 
Mark Udall s1oCO Democratic Sr Senator; previously Representative 
Chris Van Hollen s1oMaryland Democrat 
Nydia Velazquez s1oNew York Democrat/Working-Families 
Debbie Wasserman Schultz s1oFlorida Democrat 
Maxine Waters s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Diane Watson s1oCalifornia Former Democrat (until 2010) 
Henry Waxman s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Anthony Weiner s1oNew York Former Democrat(Resigned 2011) 
Robert Wexler s1oFlorida Democrat (resigned Jan. 2010) 
Lynn Woolsey s1oCalifornia Democrat (Retiring 2012) 
Albert Wynn s1oMaryland Democrat (Unseated 2008) 



Republicans participating in 05-S0342

Sherry Boehlert s1oNew York Republican/Independence 
Lincoln Chafee s1oRI Former Republican Senator (Lost re-election, 2006) 
Vernon Ehlers s1oMichigan Republican (until 2010) 
Wayne Gilchrest s2pMaryland Republican (Unseated 2008) 
Nancy Lee Johnson s1oConnecticut Republican 
Sue Kelly s1oNew York Republican (until 2007) 
Jim Leach s1oIowa Republican 
John McCain s2pAZ Republican Sr Senator 
Tom Petri s1oWisconsin Republican 
Jim Saxton s1oNew Jersey Republican (Retiring 2008) 
Christopher Shays s1oConnecticut Republican (Unseated 2008) 
Rob Simmons s1oConnecticut Republican 
Olympia Snowe s1oME Republican Sr Senator 
Jim Walsh s1oNew York Rep./Ind. (Retiring 2008) 
Curt Weldon s1oPennsylvania Republican 



Independents participating in 05-S0342

Joe Biden s1oDE Vice President 
Michael Castle s1oDE 2010 Senate Challenger (lost primary); previously Gov.& Rep. 
Harold Ford s1oNY 2010 Democratic Primary Challenger; previously US Rep (TN) 
Jim Jeffords s1oVT Former Independent Senator (retired 2006) 
Joseph Lieberman s2pCT Independent Sr Senator; Gore's VP nominee (Retiring) 
Bernie Sanders s1oVermont Independent 



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 119
Republicans: 15
Independents: 6


















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