WASHINGTON, D.C., March 15A bipartisan coalition of lawmakers threw down the gauntlet to President Bush today, introducing legislation to cut carbon dioxide pollution. Bush had originally promised to curb the greenhouse gases emitted by power companies, but under pressure from the oil industry he backtracked on that position earlier this week.
The legislation will go before New Hampshire senator Bob Smith's Environment and Public Works Committee. Smith is sponsoring a pro-pollution bill, and Bush will get someone to introduce his version of a pro-pollution statute. While the committee is dominated by conservatives, Joe Lieberman also sits on it, along with ranking minority member Harry Reid from Nevada. On the Republican side Lincoln Chaffee of Rhode Island is thought to be relatively moderate.