June 19, 2008
Pelosi wants carbon pricing and heavy investment
Ezra Klein reports this morning that Pelosi wants "heavy investment" in clean energy technology and infrastructure as part of a cap and trade policy this year, declaring energy policy the "flagship priority" for Congress. She said she'd like to see this all in one bill -- a sentiment I also heard from Harry Reid in a meeting yesterday with Power Shift delegates. Here's Klein:
Just returned from a small breakfast the Maria Leavey Memorial series put on with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. This much, I think, was clear: Pelosi is focused on energy legislation. She named energy policy as this Congress's "flagship" priority. Cap and trade, she promised, would come to the floor this year, in a bill that she hoped would include not only carbon pricing but heavy investment in renewables and a reform of the energy grid. "I'd like to see it as one bill," she said. "That would show the integrity of it: How each piece relates to the other."