Pawlenty criticizes climate bill in Congress

  • Article by: Associated Press
  • Updated: June 28, 2009 - 2:31 PM

MINNEAPOLIS - Gov. Tim Pawlenty says a climate change bill making its way through Congress is misguided.

In an appearance on CNN's State of the Union on Sunday morning, the Republican governor said he shares the goal of reducing pollution and emissions. But he says the best way to do that is through conservation, more fuel-efficient vehicles and improving base-load power with nuclear energy.

Pawlenty says the cap and trade emissions regime in the bill would send U.S. jobs to other countries.

The U.S. House approved the bill on Friday, but the Senate might not take up the legislation until this fall.

Pawlenty is frequently mentioned as a possible presidential contender in 2012, but he told CNN on Sunday that he doesn't know what the future holds.

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