Despite being described by the New York Times as sitting “on the brink of collapse”, Senator Joe Lieberman is among the optimistic few who believe that the Senate climate bill which was believed to win bipartisan support still has hope.
The piece of legislation, sponsored by Lieberman and fellow Senator John Kerry, asks that emissions generated from utilities, manufacturing and transportation sectors be regulated differently, taxed accordingly and reduced 17% within 10 years.
Unfortunately, it took a back seat when Majority Leader Harry Reid suggested that they first tackle an immigration measure, which critics perceive as a derailing move which “would make it impossible to deal with the difficult issues involved in national energy and global warming policy.”
The drama continues to play out now that outraged Republican Senator Lindsey Graham has threatened to “withhold his support for the energy bill if Senate Democrats opt to deal first with immigration” citing a “cynical political ploy.”
On the positive side, the climate bill’s current back seat position can be used by its champions as an opportunity to strengthen what many feel is currently a “weak bill” laden with “potential deal killers” such as a fee on oil and an increase in energy prices.
Seemingly eternal optimist Lieberman feels encouraged, claiming that it will likely advance “sometime soon, as soon as we can get Lindsey on board.”
Those with a doom and gloom perception are already talking about pitching a revamped version in 2011 that is preferably broken up into smaller, more manageable bills.
Via Huffington Post