Senate comes under pressure to pass climate change bill
WASHINGTON (AP) – Hailing the House, President Barack Obama put pressure on senators Saturday to follow its lead and pass legislation to limit greenhouse gas emissions, helping usher the U.S. into a new age of energy efficiency.
“Now my call to every senator, as well as to every American, is this: We cannot be afraid of the future. And we must not be prisoners of the past,” the president said in his weekly radio and Internet address. “Don’t believe the misinformation out there that suggests there is somehow a contradiction between investing in clean energy and economic growth. It’s just not true.”
The legislation, which the House narrowly approved Friday night, would place the first national limits on emissions of greenhouse gases from major sources – such as power plants, factories and oil refineries – to reduce the gases linked to global climate change.