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RFF Document Compares Congressional Climate Change Legislation

Oct 31, 2007

Key Congressional Climate Change Legislation Compared in Latest RFF Document

October 31, 2007
Updated: January 11, 2008
Contact: RFF Office of Communications (202) 328-5000

WASHINGTON - Researchers at Resources for the Future have prepared an updated comparison of major market-based climate change proposals currently under consideration in the 110th Congress.

The matrix is designed to allow policymakers to have a provision-by-provision assessment of the key differences in each bill, according to Ray Kopp, RFF Senior Fellow.

"Committees and individuals in both the House and Senate have introduced a range of ideas in the various pieces of legislation being considered," says Kopp. "This chart will enable those following the progress of the legislative process to easily contrast and highlight the differences in each bill."

The design focuses on six major provisions of each bill/proposal: who is regulated, allocation of emissions allowances, price stability mechanisms, offset provisions, technology incentives, and competitiveness policies.

Link to table
Summary of Climate
Change Bills Introduced
in the 110th Congress
As of January 11, 2008


  • Bingaman-Specter (S 1766)
  • Udall-Petri (Draft, May 2007)
  • Lieberman-McCain (S 280)
  • Kerry-Snowe (S 485)
  • Waxman (HR 1590)
  • Sanders-Boxer (S 309)
  • Feinstein-Carper (S 317)
  • Alexander-Lieberman (S 1168)
  • Stark (HR 2069)
  • Larson (HR 3416)
  • Lieberman-Warner (S 2191)
  • Dingell (Draft)

Link to chart
Timeline of Emissions Targets of Bills Introduced in the 110th Congress
As of January 11, 2008


Founded in 1952, Resources for the Future is an independent and nonpartisan institution.