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Senate Bill 485
Clear Skies Act of 2003

S. 485 is the Senate version of President Bush's Clear Skies Act.  The bill would establish tonnage caps for nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide,and mercury.  Unlike the Clean Air Planning Act or the Clean Power Act, the Clear Skies Act would not address carbon dioxide, the major greenhouse gas implicated in climate change.

The Clear Skies Act makes extensive changes to the Clean Air Act as it applies to the electric generating sector.  The reduction targets and timing proposed by the Clear Skies Act are less stringent than those proposed by either the Clean Power Act or the Clean Air Planning Act.

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Senator Inhofe, James M. (R-OK)

Senator Voinovich, George V. (R-OH)


Senator Inhofe's statement on Clear Skies

From comments made at the introduction of Clear Skies in 2003:

I am pleased that Senator Voinovich and I have the opportunity to work with the President on one of his top legislative priorities.  Clear Skies demonstrates the President's serious commitment to providing strong environmental protections for the American people.   It is the most aggressive presidential initiative in history to reduce power plant emissions.

Clear Skies will build upon the remarkable environmental progress we've made over the last 30 years.  Since passage of the Clean Air Act in 1970 the nation's gross domestic product has increased 160 percent, energy consumption has increased 45 percent, and population has increased 38 percent. At the same time we've reduced emissions by 29 percent.

President Bush understands that achieving positive environmental results and promoting economic growth are not incompatible goals.  Moving beyond the confusing, command-and-control mandates of the past, Clear Skies cap-and-trade system harnesses the power of technology and innovation to bring about significant reductions in harmful pollutants.