Tue., March 30, 2010 3:22pm (EDT)

State Senate Wants to Stop Cap and Trade
By Melissa Stiers
Updated: 4 years ago

ATLANTA  —  
Carbon emissions from coal plants.
Carbon emissions from coal plants.
State lawmakers are urging Congress to not pass cap and trade legislation intended to address global climate change.

The cap and trade legislation is intended to curb carbon dioxide emissions by financially penalizing companies that emit it. States heavily vested in coal, like Georgia could see a big hike in energy costs if the bill becomes law.

Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers says Georgians can’t afford that. He sponsored a resolution CONDEMNING THE LEGISLATION that passed the senate Tuesday.

"At a time when this nation’s economy is in dire straits, for congress to go further and hurting American businesses is almost conscionable," says Rogers.

Environmentalist Neil Herring says the legislation’s passage is inevitable.

"This is a lot like trying to pass urging resolutions against desegregation of the 50’s and 60’s. It’s like trying to hold back the tide and it won’t stay back," says Herring.

The cap and trade bill has been in the US Senate since it passed the house last summer.