Earlier this week, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) was one of four keynote speakers at an Earth Day event in New Hampshire. The purpose of the day was to highlight how climate change will have a negative impact on the state's ecosystem and economy, as well as what should be done to combat the problem. In her address, Shaheen spoke optimistically about the chances of the bipartisan energy bill she has cosponsored with Ohio Republican Rob Portman.
Should the bill pass through both houses of Congress, it will be the first major energy bill from the legislature since 2007. While the proposed law was first introduced in spring 2013, it stalled due to various unrelated amendments being added, as well as the federal government shutdown. This time around, Shaheen believes the bill will be passed, as it has gathered enough votes to override a potential GOP filibuster.
Shaheen told those attending the event that while this version of the bill is not "everything I would like," she acknowledged that it is a giant step in the right direction to deal with the threat posed by global climate change. The bill, which would rely on tax incentives, would reduce carbon emissions and create nearly 200,000 jobs across the country, according to official estimates.
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