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Will Scott Brown's win impact Senate climate bill?

What does the outcome of the Massachusetts Senate election mean for the chances of a climate bill passing the Senate this year?

Posted by Washington Post Editor on January 21, 2010 8:00 AM
FROM THE PANEL

Seeing clearly through Brown

As the dust settles in Washington after Sen.-elect Scott Brown's victory in the Massachusetts special election, many are wondering what effect this event will have on climate change legislation in 2010. They jury is still out, but there is broad...

Posted by Ned Helme, on January 28, 2010 11:55 AM

Bipartisanship in Mass., will extend nationally

The experience here in Massachusetts is: 100 percent auction of greenhouse gas permits under the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative has worked well and produced new funds for our $2 billion, three year energy efficiency program (by far the largest per capita in the U.S.)

Posted by Ian Bowles, on January 24, 2010 2:12 PM

Not a partisan issue

The Senate considered bipartisan cap-and-trade legislation by McCain(R)-Lieberman(D) in 2005 and Lieberman(D)-Warner(R) in 2008. Why can't it pass a bipartisan Kerry(D)-Graham(R) cap-and-trade/clean energy bill in 2010?

Posted by Donald F. Boesch, on January 23, 2010 8:35 AM

A supreme decision

Q: What does the outcome of the Massachusetts Senate election mean for the chances of a climate bill passing the Senate this year? The election of Scott Brown as a senator will obviously not strengthen the chances of passing a...

Posted by Rick Edmund, on January 22, 2010 10:03 PM

Game On! Bi-partisan approach needed.

What does the outcome of the Massachusetts Senate election mean for the chances of a climate bill passing the Senate this year? Even before the Massachusetts election, the success of a climate bill in 2010 was contingent on how much...

Posted by Jessy Tolkan, on January 22, 2010 7:20 AM

Legislation will likely be delayed

What does the outcome of the Massachusetts Senate election mean for the chances of a climate bill passing the Senate this year? Pundits will be dissecting the Massachusetts "black swan" for weeks, while both parties will spin it to their...

Posted by William O'Keefe, on January 21, 2010 2:10 PM

It shouldn't make a difference!

The shift in the balance of power in the Senate may well have a negative impact on the cap-and-trade aspect of the energy / climate bill, but it really shouldn't. Political opponents the world over seem to be debating the science of climate change, when almost without exception, the very scientific institutions that they finance are telling them that there is a problem that needs addressing.

Posted by David Hone, on January 21, 2010 12:45 PM

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