Compromise Climate Change Bill Delayed – Again
Those who were looking forward with bated breath to today’s unveiling of the Kerry, Lieberman, Graham climate change bill will have to hold their breath a bit longer. A fight between the Democrats and Republicans over immigration reform has blocked the bill’s progress forward.
Republican Senator Lindsey Graham threatened to pull out his support for the climate change bill he helped co-author in response to the Democrats’ push to get an immigration reform bill passed this year. Graham’s role is critical in getting Republicans to back the climate change bill.
In making the postponement announcement today, Senator John Kerry indicated that he, Lieberman, and Graham had agreed on the details of the climate change bill before the immigration issue came up.
The Senate climate legislation has been closely scrutinized by the international community throughout the many debates and compromises. If enacted, it will reduce U.S. carbon dioxide emissions and introduce a new trading system for pollution permits based on systems currently used in the European Union.
The ball is now firmly in Senate House Majority Leader Harry Reid’s court. Environmentalists are looking to Reid to do whatever it takes to get the climate change bill back on track.
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