Barbour to discuss Senate Climate Bill before the Environment and Public Works Committee

The Senate climate debate cranks up this week with a series of hearings and high-level meetings aimed at producing legislation that can be matched up with last month’s House-passed bill.

Four top Obama administration officials — Energy Secretary Steven Chu, U.S. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar — testify tomorrow before the Environment and Public Works Committee, with Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R) to follow on a separate panel. The four Cabinet-level members are scheduled after the hearing to attend the Democratic senators’ weekly climate meetings.

These are the first in a long line of Senate climate hearings as the Democratic-led chamber tries to cobble together a bill in time for Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-Nev.) Sept. 18 deadline for all committees to clear their pieces of the legislation.

New York Times