Omaha Public Radio News
3:23 am
Wed June 4, 2008

Senator Nelson talks climate change, Obama wins

Omaha, NE – Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson says he has serious concerns about climate change legislation currently being debated by the U.S. Senate.

The climate change legislation would require a cap on greenhouse gas emissions starting in 2012. But Senator Nelson says he's concerned about the bill's economic impact on Nebraska, and if the emission cap deadlines set forth in the legislation can even be met.

Nelson says he'll ask for an amendment to the legislation. That amendment would call for the creation of a commission to study energy solutions.

During a conference call with reporters Wednesday, Senator Nelson also congratulated Senator Barack Obama on becoming the presumptive Democratic nominee for President. Nelson says it's time for Senator Hillary Clinton to step aside and for the party to focus on the November general election.