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Reid's climate aide offers dark outlook

By Juliet Eilperin

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's (D-Nev.) top climate aide gave a blunt assessment Wednesday of the prospects of passing legislation this year.

In an interview with Greenwire, Chris Miller said, "The only real chance we have to get it done this year is to make sure it is bipartisan. And to date ... we've seen little to any public interest by very many Republicans."

Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairman Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) said Wednesday that Sens. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.) and Joseph I. Lieberman (I-Conn.) might come out with their bill next week even if Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) wasn't on board.

But that strategy doesn't appear to fit with the remarks Miller made at the "Good Jobs, Green Jobs" conference in Washington on Wednesday, in which he suggested that Reid would likely shelve the climate bill if it doesn't appear close to having 60 votes. He said it "might not be worth taking a bill to the floor at all just to see it fail" if it lacks that sort of backing.

When asked about Miller's comments, Reid spokesman Jim Manley replied via e-mail: "No final decisions have been made. Senator Reid will continue to consult with members on next steps and strategy, but Republican stalling tactics are not making it easy to pass anything these days."


Juliet Eilperin

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Posted by: LoveWaPo | May 8, 2010 5:12 PM
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The BP Deepwater Horizon oil platform blowout in the Gulf of Mexico has three impacts. It was a local human tragedy for friends and families of the eleven killed workers. It will also have real regional, but temporary, negative ecological and commercial fisheries impacts. And, the spill will chronically damage the image and political influence of corporate petroleum interests – even though BP was a significant funder of Obama’s election. The top recipient of BP-related donations during the 2008 presidential election was Barack Obama, who collected $71,000, according to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics. What the BP blowout was certainly not, is a proper justification for the Obama Administration to suspend their recently-authorized expansion of offshore oil explorations in the Gulf of Mexico, Atlantic Seaboard, Arctic and Pacific Coasts. Oil and gas products supply about 60% of America’s energy needs. And, they represent 7% of our gross domestic product (GDP).

Today’s U.S. Interior Secretary Salazar’s suspension of oil explorations is the daily political posturing of an administration that is in chaos, and desperate to maintain and expand power over all branches of U.S. Government. They fear an expected fall off-year congressional election blowout of Democrats.

Neither government nor environmentalists has ever produced a single drop of oil. Oil and gas will continue to fuel our prosperity through the 21st century. Political progressives exhibit a perverse pattern of dividing and exploiting Americans into voting blocks by race, labor class, gender identity and religion, including environmentalism.

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