Will Obama meeting next week break climate bill logjam?
By Juliet Eilperin
For energy and climate bill watchers, one upcoming session that might provide some insight into the legislation's future will be Wednesday's meeting with President Obama.
Among the expected attendees, according to a White House official who asked not to be identified, are Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Richard Lugar (R-Ind.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Joseph I. Lieberman (I-Conn.), Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.), and John Kerry (D-Mass.).
Will a bipartisan meeting with Obama break the legislative logjam? Advocates such as Jason S. Grumet, president of the Bipartisan Policy Center, hope so.
"The President's speech has created the political and policy space for major energy legislation," Grumet said. "There are well over 60 votes in the U.S. Senate for measures that address the spill, encourage electric and natural gas vehicles, invest in clean renewable technologies and strengthen energy efficiency requirements in buildings and transportation. There's also a real possibility of setting a carbon emissions cap on the electric power sector if the White House and Senate leadership line up behind a more limited and targeted climate program."
Juliet Eilperin| June 18, 2010; 2:14 PM ET Save & Share:
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