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 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.


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