Climate troika woos corporate America
By Juliet Eilperin
The Senate climate troika--John Kerry (D-Mass.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), and Joseph I. Lieberman (I-Conn.)--did their best to woo industry players during a briefing Wednesday, and made a bit of progress.
The senators provided an eight-page overview of their bill, according to sources, and assured business leaders they would preempt the Environmental Protection Agency's ability to regulate greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act as well as existing state laws that also regulate these emissions.
The gathering included the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the American Petroleum Institute. Afterward, several officials from these groups praised the effort.
Bruce Josten, the Chamber's executive vice president for government affairs said, "The senators are being very constructive. They are trying to figure out how to make this work for the American economy, the different sectors of the economy that are going to be affected one way or another, and more importantly, for the American consumer."
"The way they are trying to conform and shape this bill I would suggest is largely in sync with what most people in American industry think is the direction you are going to have to go if you are going to have a successful program," he added.
That sort of talk worried Frank O'Donnell, president of the advocacy group Clean Air Watch: "If the most consistently adamant corporate foes of action on climate are getting private briefings and sound happy, that raises real concerns about the efficacy of the plan,."
But one oil industry lobbyist, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said it was premature to say the business community was ready to endorse any Senate bill. "Why any of the trades would sign on to this when the cavalry is coming in November, i.e. more Republicans, is just beyond me."
Juliet Eilperin| March 17, 2010; 7:09 PM ET Save & Share:
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