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 BrownA guide to the committees: Senate House bill would prevent Trump from lifting Russian sanctions Dem senators call for independent Flynn probe MORE (D-Ohio) and Debbie StabenowDebbie StabenowA guide to the committees: Senate Trump's pick to lead Medicare won't say if she supports negotiating prices with drug companies Overnight Finance: Fed chief tries to stay above partisan fray | Bill would eliminate consumer agency | Trump signs repeal of SEC rule on foreign payments 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 KerryFormer Obama officials say Netanyahu turned down secret peace deal: AP How dealmaker Trump can resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict John Kerry to teach at Yale on global issues MORE (D-Mass.), Lindsey GrahamLindsey GrahamA guide to the committees: Senate Cheney to intro Pence at Jewish GOP event CEOs come to defense of border tax plan 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.