Climate Change Fraud-US climate change bill in doubt after Scott Brown’s Senate win; John Kerry still in denial

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Suzanne Goldenberg
Guardian [UK]
January 20, 2010

An ambitious climate change bill had been sliding down President Barack Obama’s to-do list even before the Republican upset in Massachusetts that saw Scott Brown take Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat.

Now it seems more likely than ever that Democrats in the US Senate will not touch global warming in 2010 unless they can be assured of sizeable Republican support. Brown’s election has also led to international concern that any failure to act by the US – the world’s biggest historical polluter – would undermine attempts to seal a global deal.

However, Senator John Kerry, who is leading the push on climate change in the Senate, said he remained confident of getting broad support for a bill.

“The political atmosphere doesn’t reduce the urgency of dealing with pollution and energy, and the surest way to increase the anger at Washington is to duck the issues that matter in peoples’ lives. There’s overwhelming public support and this can be a bipartisan issue,” he said today . “This is the single best opportunity to create jobs, reduce pollution, and stop sending billions overseas for foreign oil from countries that would do us harm. Sell those arguments and you’ve got a winning issue.”

The House of Representatives narrowly passed a climate change bill last June. But Senate Democrats had long calculated that – with the divisive fight over healthcare causing internal splits – their only hope of passing their own version of a climate bill was to win Republican support.

Kerry has been leading a tripartisan effort with Republican Lindsey Graham and independent Joe Lieberman to craft a bill that would pull support from at least a few Republicans. The troika has yet to produce a draft proposal, but there is anticipation of an expanded role for nuclear power, perhaps with more cheap government loans or streamlined regulations to get projects approved. There is also talk of offshore oil and gas drilling.

Some Senators have proposed limiting the scope of the bill, regulating only the biggest power plants, or perhaps encouraging renewable energy without laying the foundations of a carbon trading market. Other Democrats – who were opposed to a climate change bill even before the vote in Massachusetts – say the Senate is unlikely to move in 2010 without those compromises.

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