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WASHINGTON — Climate change legislation moving through Congress would give refiners free permits to emit greenhouse gases under a compromise engineered by a Texas Democrat whose Houston district includes many petrochemical plants.
Oil company executives had warned lawmakers that much of the costs of covering motorists’ fuel emissions and the additional internal compliance work would have been passed on to consumers in the form of higher prices at the pump.
Green said the deal would “protect the U.S. domestic refining industry while creating a climate change program” and help “protect these blue-collar jobs here at home.”