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Waxman-Markey Clears One Vote, Zillions to Go

The Waxman-Markey Climate and Energy Bill, which The New York Times calls "the most ambitious energy and global warming legislation ever debated...


The Waxman-Markey Climate and Energy Bill, which The New York Times calls "the most ambitious energy and global warming legislation ever debated in Congress" was approved by the House Energy and Commerce Committee today. For opponents of pollution and environmental catastrophe, this is good news. But the bill still has a long way to go. A few helpful links:GOOD's Ben Jervey looks at the swing Senators who will decide the fate of the bill once it makes its way into their chamber.Grist presents two charts: one showing the emissions reductions mandated by the original draft of the bill, another showing the effect of the bill post-watering down.Environmentalists are divided: some think Waxman-Markey is our only hope; others think it's not even worth passing because it's not strong enough.