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Local panel to discuss climate bill's possible business impact

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A panel of energy and legal experts will gather tomorrow evening to discuss what the climate change bill now before Congress could mean for Indiana businesses.

Six panelists will take part in a panel discussion and networking event at the Columbia Club in downtown Indianapolis. They'll discuss how the climate bill would affect business operations, how businesses can reduce their risks and related topics.

Speakers will include an official from the state Office of Energy Development, who will discuss Indiana's energy-efficiency programs for businesses and not-for-profits.

The bill now before Congress would cap emissions from major industrial sources, including power plants, factories, refineries and electricity and natural-gas distributors.

The Indiana Manufacturers Association estimates the proposed American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 could lead to statewide losses of 59,260 jobs, residential electricity price increases of up to 60 percent and gasoline price hikes of up to 26 percent.

Jesse Kharbanda, executive director of the Hoosier Environmental Council, will moderate the event. To register, visit gbn.myhomegreenpages.com.

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