(KCPW News) Congress will continue looking at the nation's energy policy next week as the American Clean Energy and Security Act moves forward in the House of Representatives. Utah Congressman Jim Matheson, an energy policy leader for Blue Dog Democrats, voted against the bill in committee last week. KCPW's Elizabeth Ziegler caught up with Matheson to ask him about his vote, and later, his political aspirations.
Jim Matheson represents Utah's Second Congressional district. The 1,600-page American Clean Energy and Security Act addresses clean energy, energy efficiency, global warming and how to transition to a greener economy. It would enact the first national cap on greenhouse gas emissions, and lay the foundation for a national cap and trade system. But it does not address how to allocate the tradable emission allowances to polluters.