By Ben Geman - 04/20/10 02:52 PM EDT
“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 Brown (D-Ohio) and Debbie Stabenow (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 Kerry (D-Mass.), Lindsey Graham (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.