The Delaware County Daily Times: Sestak pushes for clean-energy bill

PHILADELPHIA — U.S. Rep. Joseph Sestak, D-7, of Edgmont, joined several local business owners and environmentalists at the Navy Yard Corporate Center in urging the U.S. Senate to pass the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009.

Also known as cap-and-trade — or Waxman-Markey after its authors, U.S. Reps. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., and Edward Markey, D-Mass. — the bill aims to battle global warming by cutting carbon emissions by 83 percent by 2050.

To accomplish this, carbon producers would have to either upgrade their operations or buy pollution credits from the government.

Those credits would become more expensive as time goes on, effectively forcing industry to turn to alternative energy sources, such as wind or solar power.

The bill is modeled on a highly successful acid-rain, cap-and-trade bill included in the Clean Air Act of 1990, said Sestak, who is vying for U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter’s seat this year.

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