In the wake of the Gulf oil spill—climate change is back on the Senate’s agenda. Does the bill unveiled yesterday have a chance to pass? Will it begin a debate that won’t end until after November’s elections? Polls by environmental groups show majorities of this year’s voters favor climate-change legislation. Republicans for Environmental Preservation found that even Tea Partiers hostile to Big Government would support caps on greenhouse emissions. But when Democrat John Kerry and Independent Joe Lieberman unveiled a climate-change compromise yesterday, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell called it “a job-killing national tax” that Republicans will oppose.
Kerry and Lieberman Push for Climate Legislation
- Juliet Eilperin - senior national affairs correspondent for The Washington Post - @eilperin
- Daniel Weiss - Center for American Progress
- Julian Morris - Environmental Economist and Executive Director, International Policy Network
- Frank O'Donnell - President, Clean Air Watch
- Roger Martella - Partner, Environmental Practice Group