Sen. Olympia Snowe is considered a likely “yes” vote on climate legislation this year. She is a co-chair of the International Climate Change Taskforce, and has been reliably supportive of climate action.
Snowe voted in favor of the McCain-Lieberman Climate Stewardship Act in 2003 and 2005, and she cosponsored the 2007 version of the bill. In 2008, she was one of just seven Republicans to vote in favor of moving forward with the Lieberman-Warner Climate Security Act. She earned an 85 percent score from the League of Conservation Voters in the last Congress.
Snowe has spoken emphatically in favor of a cap-and-trade system to address climate change. “There is no question the design of a cap-and-trade system must be tailor-made for the context of America’s current economic state and incorporate the views of the business community,” she said at a May hearing of the Finance Committee. “If we successfully implement a cap-and-trade system that will reduce long-term risk and provide market certainty, the economy undoubtedly will respond with ingenuity, entrepreneurship, and job expansion, while simultaneously addressing climate change, one of the greatest challenges of this century.”
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