The Gulf Oil Spill and Climate Change in an Election Year

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Because of the Gulf oil spill, polls show increased support for climate change legislation among American voters. But Senate Republican leaders say they’ll oppose a compromise measure unveiled yesterday by Democrat John Kerry and Independent Joe Lieberman. The bill would provide incentives for offshore oil exploration—while also allowing states to veto drilling in the waters of neighboring states. What else would it do?  We’ll hear more today about nuclear power, so-called “clean coal” and consumer protection. Also, Why is the “Peace Process” more process than peace?

Banner Image: SOUTH PASS, LA - MAY 12: Workers clean a beach after tar balls washed up as efforts continue to contain BP's massive oil spill on May 12, 2010 in South Pass, Louisiana. The Deepwater Horizon oil rig operated by BP is leaking an estimated rate of 1,000-5,000 barrels of oil a day into the Gulf and the slick has now reached nearby land. Efforts to contain the spill have done little to slow its flow. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)



Warren Olney