The anticipated release today of the Senate’s climate change and energy bill has been stalled due to a decision by an angry Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) to walk away from the talks. News sources, including the New York Times, say Sen. Graham is protesting what he claims are Democrats plans to focus attention instead on immigration policy, in the wake of the new Arizona law.

Working with Sens. John Kerry (D-MA) and Joseph Lieberman (I-CT), Sen. Graham has been the only Republican to actively endorse a broad climate policy. Although complete information has not been released, the proposed bill would offer billions of dollars in incentives to the manufacturing industry to cut greenhouse gases and reduce carbon emissions by 17 percent by 2020.

Already, many in the woodworking industry are reducing their carbon emissions and have been reducing and/or eliminating VOC emissions for years. What further impact this will have on the industry has yet to be determined.

We’ll have to wait and see.

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