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Obama to make 'robust effort' on climate change in 2010

The Post's Chris Cillizza over on The Fix wrote this morning:

President Obama's decision to travel to Copenhagen -- he addressed a plenary session at the global meeting on climate change in the wee hours of the morning -- amid increasingly fractious negotiations regarding his health care bill is meant to send a signal of his commitment to the issue, according to a senior administration official briefed on the trip. "This continues the president's leadership on this issue both at home and abroad," said the source, adding that a "robust effort" will be made to pass his cap and trade bill through the Senate next year. That proclamation won't sit well with the moderate Democrats in the Senate who have already tied themselves into knots over the health care bill and dread the prospect of another controversial legislative fight -- this one coming in an election year. Even worse off are the vulnerable House Democrats who were pressured earlier this year to vote for cap and trade only to watch it get buried behind health care in the Senate. If the administration moves forward on a climate change push in the Senate, the House vote will be back on the top of the minds of many voters. If the Senate ignores the bill, those House members will have gone out on a political limb with absolutely nothing to show for it.


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 |  December 18, 2009; 8:22 AM ET Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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