Federal / National Efforts : Under Congress

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Federal/National Efforts Under Congress. Environmental initiatives did not have a fortunate path under congress. In the past 15 years, most of the innovative policies did not pass either the committee or the senate. For example, in October 2003 and again in June 2005, the McCain-Lieberman Climate Stewardship Act failed to operate. The McCain-Lieberman Climate Stewardship Act was a combination of three different acts that require corporations to be part of cap-and-trade system for greenhouse gases. It was initiated by United States Senate John McCain and Joseph Lieberman first in 2003. However, all three acts did not pass the senate. (National Wildlife Federation) In order to examine and combat global warming, Senator Bernie Sanders and Barbara Boxer introduced the Global Warming Pollution Reduction Act of 2007 on Jan 15th, 2007. The act was proposed to increase performance abilities for electricity generation and motor vehicles with the choice in emissions “cap and trade” system. Unfortunately, the bill failed to pass committee in 2013. (Environmental Defense Fund, 2007) American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009, an act initiated by Henry Waxman on May 15th, 2009, was proposed to create more clean energy working positions, assuage global warming and transfer to clean energy economy. The bill passed the house of representative in Jun. 2009. However, it also died at Senate as a result. (The New York Times, 2009) Though there are several attempts to enact
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