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The Climate Stewardship Act, first introduced in the U.S. Senate in 2003 by Senators John McCain of Arizona and Joe Lieberman of Connecticut, and in the House of Representatives in 2004 by Representatives Wayne Gilchrest of Maryland and John Olver of Massachusetts, was reintroduced in both houses of Congress in February 2005. The act would cap and reduce carbon dioxide and five other heat-trapping pollutants emitted by power plants, refineries and other industries. In contrast with the (unsuccessful) voluntary approach to curbing global warming pollution advocated by the Bush administration, the bill calls for using a market-based approach, with emissions caps and emission trading, to cut global warming pollution without hurting the U.S. economy.


Wrong Turn: The Nuclear Power Subsidies in S. 1151, the "Climate Stewardship and Technology Act of 2005"
June 2, 2005
On May 26, 2005, Senator John McCain and Senator Joe Lieberman introduced a new version of their Climate Stewardship Act that includes massive subsidies to the nuclear industry for the construction and licensing of new nuclear power reactors. In this letter, NRDC urges senators to support a global warming plan that includes a cap and trade program like that in the original Climate Stewardship Act, but which does not include controversial and counter-productive subsidies for the nuclear industry as proposed in the revised McCain-Lieberman plan.

The Climate Stewardship Act: Summary and Background
March 2005
A brief description of how the Climate Stewardship Act would limit total U.S. emissions of carbon dioxide and five other heat-trapping gases through a market-based emissions trading program.

Jobs and the Climate Stewardship Act (pdf, 140 k)
February 2005
This study by Redefining Progress and the Tellus Institute finds that implementing the Climate Stewardship Act would increase overall U.S. employment.

The Climate Stewardship Act and the Agriculture Sector
August 2004
This fact sheet describes how the Climate Stewardship Act would provide several new sources of income for farmers and increase demand for renewable energy produced on American farms.

The Economic Impacts of Implementing the Bill
June 2004
An analysis conducted by the Tellus Institute finds that the Climate Stewardship Act would significantly reduce U.S. emissions of heat-trapping gases while saving consumers billions of dollars.

Questions and Answers About the Bill
May 2004
Answers to frequently asked questions about the Climate Stewardship Act.

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