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Reid demands climate bill ASAP

By Juliet Eilperin and Steven Mufson

Senate Majority Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has instructed Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) to produce a revamped climate bill as soon as possible, according to sources, a task Kerry intends to accomplish within two weeks.

The marching orders could represent the best chance advocates will get to pass a climate and energy bill before the November elections. Kerry has been working with Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Joseph I. Lieberman (I-Conn.) on drafting a measure that could attract bipartisan support, but it remains unclear what combination of policies would draw enough votes to win passage.

"The majority leader is deadly serious about making progress this year on climate and energy reform," Kerry said in a statement. "He's been a hero every step of the process and he's been in constant communication. Senators Lieberman, Graham and I have been meeting every day and we're on a short track here, piecing together legislation and working with our colleagues so it can be finished and rolled out soon."

Reid called Kerry on Monday to tell him he wanted a bill, and the two men met in person Tuesday after Kerry had conferred with Graham and Lieberman.

"Senator Reid made it clear to me the other day that he wants a bill and he wants it soon," Kerry said. "I can't give you an exact timetime, but we are working very very dilligently with our colleagues and all of the stakeholders to think this through carefully and get this done right, and get it done in a way that can pass the Senate."

"I'm more optimistic now than I have been in several months," said Carl Pope, the executive director for the Sierra Club, an advocacy group. Pope added "there are several different pathways" a Senate climate bill could take in order to reduce the country's carbon output.

Several utilities executives--in Washington for the quarterly meeting of their trade association, the Edison Electric Institute--have also been making the rounds at the White House and on Capitol Hill to press for passage of legislation that would put a price on carbon.

Michael G. Morris, chief executive of American Electric Power, had dinner with Obama and other business executives on Tuesday night. Morris said that Obama "was encouraged by the Kerry, Lieberman and Graham endeavor." Morris said that Obama indicated that "if that came to pass he would try to put his touch on it" and sign it.


Juliet Eilperin

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In my opinion, not only are we humans the sole cause of global warming and climate change, due to our emissions of greenhouse gasses, but it is already too late to stop the forces which we have put into play here. We are already past the tipping point, and catastrophic events lie ahead, regardless of what we try to do to stop them. There is, however, one thing that we can do to lessen our impact on this Planet, and that is to realize the one main driving factor behind all this: Human overpopulation. This Planet cannot sustain 6 billion people, let alone the 9 billion that our numbers will soon reach unless we try to rein in our population growth. But even if we do not attempt to limit our numbers, Nature will do it for us. Once we run out of oil, this Planet can only support about 1 billion humans, and in the end, that is what our numbers will be reduced to. It is unfortunate that the rest of the Planet's inhabitants, and the environments they need to thrive, will be affected by our folly.

Posted by: Asperdil | March 2, 2010 2:42 PM
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"Anthropogenic Global Hoaxing?" The only thing that statement tells us is that the user doesn't know anything about the science involved, and has a salary that is dependent on holding that absurd and self serving position.

It would be funny if it wasn't so sad.

Posted by: ARealScientist | March 2, 2010 10:09 AM
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It is now officially known as Anthropogenic Global Hoaxing, but the WaPo and other members of Obama's media never report anything vis-a-vis the ClimageGate fraud.
That's not journalism, that's urinalism.

It's a shame we have to read the British press the get some semblance of the truth.

Posted by: TofuLowersSpermCount | February 27, 2010 12:55 AM
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The dragons last fire-blow?
Several thousands billions tons of smoke you can't see, taste, smell or feel, you give us to breath, the last thing we do.
No one can escape the fate of coal-dioxide. Onetousand-sevenhundred people, happy
and full of life seconds before they died.
As all other living animals, cattles, pets, horses or birds, anything that moved a second before was instantly falling to the gound, no wounds could be seen. Only death.
The children in there mothers laps, the boy
outside playing with a cat, all as silent as in a deep sleep. Resting on the ground.
KAMERUN, 20 years ago, CO2 released from the bottom of a lake. A "CCS" hope died to.

You playing with the life of us all and anyone, or anything living on earth.
In fact, in the total of universe!

We all know that, you know it your self, but you still not do anything to change the
fate of us all! HOW ARE YOU? Are you born in the hottest place we was told about? Did your father tell you "to do" with anything
against BURNING COAL? Do you feel anything
at all, do you have any love ones? Do you
understand that we all are going to our fathers place, as the Indians told us about? With no exeptions, not only you!
You have a few days left, to change your mind! This is no business, no money-making or any playing ground, it is the last thing
to do, the last hours to be a real human!

Give us a brake, to remember a great man,
who took the last chance to make the difference. To save us all!


Posted by: ben_4wd | February 26, 2010 6:09 PM
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The Democrats seem eager to commit suicide! With AGW being proven to be a hoax they want to put a huge tax on energy?

Posted by: theberndts | February 26, 2010 4:40 PM
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These frauds have no shame! They think they can ram this through before anyone realizes the scam. Too late! Anyone who still believes in man made climate change is either ignorant on the subject or has a hidden (or not so much) agenda. Why is it the people who are supposed to represent us are the last to find out the facts? Even IF man's CO2 emissions were responsible for overheating the planet, Cap & Trade in any form would do nothing to stop CO2 levels from rising! THIS IS A BALD FACE SCAM!!!

Posted by: changein2012 | February 26, 2010 4:05 PM
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""Climate Fraud: A senator wants an investigation of the false climate testimony before Congress"

Are you afraid to say this crack pot big oil shill's name ? Sen. JAMES INHOFE !

Inhofe is on an unjustifiable witch hunt to please his campaign contributors from his home state Oaklahoma.

Al Gore is NOT making any damn money ! how can you keep droning on about this ? there is NO big conspiricy. If you want to throw everyone under the bus, why not demand the manufacturers of solar, wind and geothermal systems all march down to Washington with Gore to testify its not a scam.
Thats right, those industries ALSO create jobs and foster development in our great nation.
But if Sen. Inhofe has his way, the jobs we need in the 21st century will all be created in CHINA, while we choke our last barrel of oil from the Okies !

Its as simple as this, the world is headed in a direction which will literally de-centralize energy dependance, people who own power companies, oil companies, gas companies don't like this, therefore they will pay huge amounts to clowns like Inhofe, and anybody dumb enough to stand up and spout his brand of nonsense.
If the US wants to f**k about whining about how climate scientists must be wrong and its all a scam, the world will pass us by and we will again become dependent on OTHER NATIONS for our energy.

Climate change science calls for renewable energy, which EQUALS national security.

Posted by: dhymers | February 26, 2010 1:37 PM
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The free flow of information is just another thing that will suffer if we allow ourselves to be duped by scams like this.

The WaPo would have you believe that this is just the Senate Majority Leader being proactive on a problem with the full support of utility companies.

Here's what ACTUALLY happened in the Senate this week. You might want to ask yourself why these things never make the 6 O'Clock news. From International Business Digest:

"Climate Fraud: A senator wants an investigation of the false climate testimony before Congress and wants Al Gore to reappear. The illegalities may involve more than just lying to Congress.

At a hearing Tuesday by the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on the Environmental Protection Agency's budget, ranking Republican James Inhofe told EPA head Lisa Jackson that man-induced climate change was a "hoax" concocted by ideologically motivated researchers who "cooked the science."

More than that, Inhofe, in releasing a GOP report questioning the science used to support cap-and-trade legislation, hinted that such activities may be part of a vast criminal enterprise designed to bilk governments, taxpayers and investors while enriching those making the false claims."

Hey don't you think that REGARDLESS OF WHAT THEY BELIEVE, the average American would like to know that a group of Senators is undertaking an investigation to prove that other Legislators, government agencies, intergovernmental agencies, and a former vice president colluded to promote a trillion dollar fraud? Whether its a case of this potentially being true, or a case of a few Senators gone so paranoid that they need checked into the nuthouse, THIS IS NEWS. BIG FREAKING HUGE NEWS.

So you have to ask yourself why the WaPo opts for a puff-piece like, instead of something considerably more compelling, and potentially earth shattering? You know than any lesser scandal that involved Russell Crowe or J-lo, would have around the clock coverage. But not our own legislators slinging earth-shaking allegations at each other? Come on.

People, your world is a facade. This type of "news reporting" is just another brick in the wall...

Posted by: shesgruesome | February 26, 2010 11:24 AM
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Hey democrats, all we need to do is finance a massive effort to develop alternate sources of energy. I don't dispute that there is going to be an energy crunch in the future and that it would be nice to not pay billions of dollars to the Middle East.

But don't try to tell me that we are warming the planet. I've read books like "RIO- Reshaping the International Order, a report to the club of Rome," I've read Jeffrey Sachs "The End of Poverty," I've read "the first global revolution" and a bunch of other books and papers on globalization, the environment, etc. and a common theme emerges of 0.7% of GDP, automatic payments from rich countries to poor countries, global governance, etc.

This is all about completing the NIEO (New International Economic Order) that fizzled out in the 80's. These people want us to have a lower standard of living while raising the standard of living of developing countries until there is a convergence of GDPs and wealth has been redistributed both within and among countries.

I wonder how democrats are going to do when millions of unemployed Americans realize that democrats were working to help foreign countries at the expense of America?

Posted by: SoCal_Mark | February 25, 2010 7:40 PM
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While I respect and admire Senators Reid and Kerry for their commitment to this issue, it's time for them to stop putting political expediency ahead of good public policy and take a serious look at the alternatives to a fundamentally-flawed cap and trade system. A revenue-neutral carbon tax not only avoids the evasion and market manipulation of cap and trade, it would reduce emissions, incentivize "green" R&D AND return the revenue to families already struggling under the weight of the current economic downturn. Moreover, Senator Kerry has expressed a willingness to look at the alternatives; I sincerely hope that he and his colleagues do just that with the full weight and support of the President behind them.

Posted by: SallyVCrockett | February 25, 2010 2:39 PM
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Are you kidding me? When the American people find out about this, and they will, despite the best intentions of WAPO and the MSM to cover it up, they will rise up in anger more than they have already over the health "reform" fiasco. Do the Dems think Americans only know about climate "change" from the MSM? A rude shock awaits.

Please, Sen Kerry, push on! Maybe the Republicans will even take 65 seats in the Senate if you are successful.

Posted by: silencedogoodreturns | February 25, 2010 9:48 AM
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