New Direction in Congress on Climate Change Bill

air-pollutionIt is becoming increasing clear that the Democrats in Congress will not be able to get the 60 votes needed in the Senate to pass a Climate Change Bill. They need support from the other side (Republicans) to get the bill through and none is forthcoming thus far.

On October 11, 2009, Senators John Kerry (D – Mass) and Lindsey Graham (R- SC) wrote an interesting Op-Ed piece in the New York Times. In this piece, one of the paragraphs stated that : ‘We agree that climate change is real and threatens our economy and national security. That is why we are advocating aggressive reductions in our emissions of the carbon gases that cause climate change. We will minimize the impact on major emitters through a market-based system that will provide both flexibility and time for big polluters to come into compliance without hindering global competitiveness or driving more jobs overseas.’

It went on to say that nuclear power must be added to the mix of renewable energy and there should be a push to reduce the country’s dependence on foreign oil.

There is now a possibility that there will be a truly bi-partisan bill on this issue if Lindsey Graham gets onboard. Many Republican Senators will support a bill with Lindsey Graham’s name on it.


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