Senator Kerry Defies Common Wisdom with High Hopes for Swift Action on Climate Bill
Senator Kerry has surprised players in the climate change debate by suggesting he thinks it's likely that a climate bill will come up for a senate vote in the near future. Kerry is apparently part of a group of bipartisan senators who are working with the Whitehouse to fast track a bill through the senate, hoping they can get the bill passed by late spring. Kerry made these remarks at a climate change forum sponsored by the New Republic magazine. Even more surprisingly, a spokesman for Alaska senator Lisa Murkowski has stated that she is considering a proposal for a net zero carbon tax, something that republicans, especially those from oil-producing states, have not wanted any part of in the past. However, Senator Baucus, who chairs a committee responsible for the climate bill, has stated that he doesn't sense any momentum for passage of a climate bill this year.