Browner: Climate bill needs trade protections for manufacturers

“We certainly recognize that for certain manufacturing sectors – that generally get referred to as energy-intensive, trade-sensitive – there are going to have to be mechanisms that recognize the fact that they compete in a global market,” Browner said. “There are a number of ideas that have been put on the table.”

Protections including carbon tariffs – or “border adjustments” – and free emissions allowances are vital to senators from manufacturing-heavy states such as Sherrod BrownSherrod BrownMajor progressive group rolls out first incumbent House endorsement Dems push for more action on power grid cybersecurity Senate Banking panel huddles with regulators on bank relief MORE (D-Ohio) and Debbie StabenowDebbie StabenowNo certainty on cost-sharing payments to insurers Dems express concerns about Trump's proposed rural development cuts Trump, Clinton campaign aides launch their own bids MORE (D-Mich.).

Brown, Stabenow and eight other Democrats laid out their demands in a letter to the architects of upcoming Senate climate legislation – Sens. John KerryJohn KerrySpeaker Ryan, the fate of our policy toward Russia rests in your hands Frustrated Dems say Obama botched Russia response Budowsky: Dems madder than hell MORE (D-Mass.), Lindsey GrahamLindsey GrahamFive takeaways from the CBO score on Senate ObamaCare bill New CBO analysis imperils GOP ObamaCare repeal Senate panel questions Lynch on alleged FBI interference MORE (R-S.C.) and Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) – last week.

Kerry, Graham and Lieberman plan to unveil their long-awaited climate and energy bill April 26.