March 14, 2008
Climate Change White Paper: Appropriate Roles for Different Levels of Government
"The Committee on Energy and Commerce and its Subcommittee on Energy and Air Quality are issuing a series of Climate Change Legislation Design White Papers as the next step in the legislative process leading to enactment of a mandatory, economy-wide climate change program. While the hearings last year were designed to give the Committee an understanding of the status and projected path of climate change and potential ways to address it, these White Papers and the hearings on them will focus the Committee=s attention on crafting mandatory, economy-wide climate change legislation. The White Papers and related hearings will lay out basic design and key principles of a program, and also identify issues about which further information and discussion is needed.
A comprehensive national approach to climate change will be most effective when all levels of government -- Federal, State, Tribal, and local -- play active roles. This paper is intended to foster discussion of these issues by raising key factors that should be considered in determining what roles are appropriate for each level of government." [RJ]
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