Concerns linked to the Democrats' bill on climate change were heard as the Senate held the first of three hearings on the proposal. Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., said he was having "serious reservations" about the carbon-reduction goal in the bill, while some Republicans asserted that the measure would affect millions of jobs. The bill's co-sponsor, Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., touted the measure, saying consumers would only pay about "30 cents a day" while transforming the U.S. into the "world's leader in clean-energy technology."

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