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Unlikely Republicans meet on climate

By Juliet Eilperin

Some prominent CEOs and environmental leaders from the coalition United States Climate Action Partnership are coming to D.C. Tuesday to lobby for passage of a cap-and-trade bill--and the most intriguing meeting they're holding is one that Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C. ) has arranged for them.

The group--which includes Shell Oil Co.'s chief executive for North America Marvin Odum, General Electric Jeffrey R. Immelt and Honeywell CEO David M. Cote, along with Environmental Defense Fund president Fred Krupp and World Resources Institute president Jonathan Lash--will work on convincing undecided lawmakers that it still makes sense to pass a climate bill this year.

Who is likely to join Graham and the USCAP leaders? According to sources familiar with the session, the lineup includes both likely suspects such as GOP Sens. Susan Collins (Maine) and George Voinovich (Ohio) and some surprises, such as Sam Brownback (Kan.) and George LeMieux (Fla.).

Tad Segal, a spokesman for USCAP, did not comment on who would attend the meeting, but said the group's members are making the trip "to show this issue is very much alive and very much on the mind of our members."

No word on whether the CEOs will make it out of town in time to escape being stuck in the upcoming snowstorm. Then again, that would allow them more time to make their case...


Juliet Eilperin

 |  February 8, 2010; 8:38 PM ET Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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