The future of China’s major energy and climate-related bills is uncertain

As Senate Democrats debate whether to stick with last year’s Chips Act and possibly include climate provisions, Republicans have been cool or passive about the idea.

China’s competition plan approved by the previous congress allocated billions of dollars to the Department of Energy’s national laboratories. This time, some Democrats discussed using new legislation to tax carbon-intensive imports.

Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), the sponsor of the 2022 legislation, has said several times in recent months, most recently this weekend, that his goal is to get bipartisan support for the new legislation.

But Republicans, who were closely involved in pushing the process last time, say they haven’t been able to keep up with Democrats’ desire to advance “Chip 2.0.” Some envision more advanced work.

“What does this mean,” said Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.), one of the primary sponsors of the original legislation, when asked about the current effort.

Young said he is currently “very focused on implementing the Chips Science Act … I don’t know if additional legislative action is necessary or appropriate.”

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