Voinovich: Climate bill support contingent on blocking states from acting

House-passed climate legislation would prevent states from implementing their own greenhouse gas programs for six years.

“Because climate legislation is a global issue, I believe that addressing climate change effectively must be done through a single, national program that replaces existing, conflicting patchwork of rules, regulations, and lawsuits,” Voinovich said in a statement.

The question of federal preemption is shaping up as a major hurdle for the climate bill.

Industry lobbyists argue that companies need regulatory certainty to keep costs in check. Voinovich agrees: “When it comes to climate change, letting ‘a thousand flowers bloom’ will frustrate our ability to address this problem in a manner that protects jobs, consumers, small businesses and the environment.”

Environmental groups and state officials want to protect the state’s ability to adopt tougher greenhouse gas curbs than a federal bill may call for. Federal preemption could impact state renewable production mandates or energy efficiency programs more likely, state officials said Wednesday

This post was updated at 4:45 p.m.