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Can a Climate Bill Pass This Year?

The conventional wisdom says that if a climate bill fails to pass before the August recess, there’s little chance that it could pass this year, as lawmakers

Paolo Reyna
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Last updated: Jul 31, 2020 | Jul 21, 2010

The conventional wisdom says that if a climate bill fails to pass before the August recess, there’s little chance that it could pass this year, as lawmakers will spend much of the fall campaigning for the mid-term elections.

But electric industry executives, senators and White House officials continue to meet behind the scenes to work out a compromise on a utility-only cap on greenhouse gas emissions. While these meetings could be a last-ditch attempt to pass a bill with a cap on carbon emissions before the August recess, all signs suggest such an effort is an uphill battle. Now, some are considering whether a bill could pass this fall.

The Hill reported last night that electric industry executives met with White House officials yesterday to discuss a utility-only bill:

The White House meeting comes amid a growing consensus among utility officials involved in the talks that a climate bill is dead for the summer, raising the question of whether it is possible at all this year.

Paolo Reyna | Paolo is a senior at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, majoring in International Studies with a Latin American emphasis. During the fall semester of 2012, he had the opportunity to study abroad in Peru, which piqued his interest in international growth. He learned about the disparities that impact indigenous peoples, got a taste of Peruvian culture, and improved his Spanish skills. Mitchel interned with the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, conducting research on food security in Latin America, after being inspired by his foreign experience. He wants to work in international development and for a government department, writing legislation. He loves playing intramural basketball and practicing for the Chicago marathon when he is not thinking about current events in Latin America.

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