Legislator: Natural gas and cap-and-trade linked

Posted: Thursday, March 18, 2010

JUNEAU - Rep. Les Gara says a resolution passed by the state House on Wednesday could undercut efforts in Congress to secure a natural gas pipeline in Alaska.

The resolution states opposition to cap-and-trade legislation pending in the U.S. Senate. Gara and six other members of the Democratic minority voted against the resolution.

The federal proposal would set caps on greenhouse gas emissions.

Industries that pollute below the cap could sell the balance of their pollution quota to industries exceeding theirs. Resolution supporters say that will put Alaska oil industry jobs at risk and drive up the cost of energy.

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