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The White House's lame-duck climate strategy

UPDATED at 6:55 p.m. with comment from White House spokesman Ben LaBolt.

By Juliet Eilperin

While President Obama made the pitch for climate and energy legislation yet again Tuesday in his Oval Office address, he did not disclose the White House's new strategy: push for a scaled-back bill in the Senate, and drag out the conference long enough to ensure a floor vote after the negotiations.

White House spokesman Ben LaBolt said the administration continues to press for a broad Senate bill: "Last night President Obama reiterated his call for comprehensive energy and climate legislation to break our dependence on oil and fossil fuels. Next week he will be reaching out to senators on both sides of the aisle to chart a path forward."

"A number of proposals have been put forward from members on both sides of the aisle. We're open to good ideas from all sources, and will be working with senators on a comprehensive proposal," LaBolt added. "The tragedy in the gulf underscores the need to move quickly, and the president is committed to finding the votes for comprehensive energy legislation this year."

But several sources familiar with the administration's thinking confirmed it has started pressing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to bring up a slimmed-down energy and climate bill next month. Such a measure would pass more easily than a comprehensive climate bill, and could still be negotiated with the broader bill the House passed a year ago.

Under this scenario, the final product of any House-Senate conference could come up for a final vote in a lame-duck session after lawmakers have faced voters in November, thereby cushioning the vote's political impact.

Reid spokesman Jim Manley said the majority leader was still consulting with his Democratic colleagues, who plan to discuss climate legislation during a caucus meeting Thursday.

"We haven't settled on next steps and strategy," Manley said in an interview. "Whatever we do, we're going to need the help of the administration to get the 60 votes out of the Senate."

In a statement released Tuesday night, Reid made it clear he still doesn't see the votes for a broad climate bill in light of GOP opposition.

"I look forward to working with the president to find a bipartisan path to
passing meaningful, comprehensive clean-energy legislation this year," Reid said. "This
legislation can only be passed if Republicans decide to work with us and
demonstrate that they share our serious commitment to building a 21st-century energy strategy for America."

And when asked if the leader was leaning toward a scaled-back bill, Manley replied, "We're all moving toward that."


Juliet Eilperin

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Ah,now you Americans see what all this vitriolic rhetoric from Obama regarding BP was, a golden oppournity to extol his green agenda.
He didnt want this spill to be contained,before it contaminated the beachesand provided some good publicity shots.
He turned down flat,many offers from European Countries to supply dispersants,booms,etc,made in the first 2 or 3 days.WHY??

Posted by: ingram11 | June 19, 2010 4:01 PM
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If I didn't know better I would say that Obama is a Manchurian candidate, created by people who respect individual freedom, and elected with the mission of utterly destroying the Democratic Party. I am unaware of any U.S. president who has moved so strongly against the sensibilities of the public. As if this wasn't enough, he has added a display of simple managerial incompetence the makes his predecessor look like Jack Welch. I thank God he won in 08.

Posted by: ChrisRiley | June 18, 2010 10:34 AM
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A comment for the liberal nrcornell who wants us to quit fossil fuels and use natural gas, natural gas is a FOSSIL FUEL. Obama was elected by fools who looked at a smiling chameleon but didn't look at the real beast. At best Obama is a Chicago thug, at worst he hates America and its freedoms.

Posted by: WunderDoug | June 18, 2010 10:02 AM
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Obama gives $2B American tax dollars to Petrobras, who does business with Iran, to drill in Brazil, at the same time as he declares a moratorium here. George Soros owns 5.8 million shares of Petrobras.

Posted by: ManBearPig1 | June 17, 2010 5:52 PM
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Posted by: yourmomscalling | June 17, 2010 9:27 AM
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Another ploy to get money and SQUEEZE it out of people !!! power grab !!!!


Posted by: yourmomscalling | June 17, 2010 9:21 AM
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We have to start moving away from fossil fuels. The time is always now. I think the President gave a good speech last night. I hope the Senate passes the climate bill. I went out to get the paper this morning at 9am and it was already at least 90 degrees. The Gulf is slowly being destroyed by our insatiable desire for oil. It's just plain stupid. We need to develop natural gas and other forms of energy beyond oil which I realize we will need for a transition time. As Americans we need to all pull together on this, in my opinion. The exteme left and right need to cool it and let's get serious about solving some of our very real problems. In this country the folks who lose an election usually work hard to win the next one, but the animus toward our President is unAmerican, in my opinion. He won by 53 percent of the vote. So be in opposition if that is your political view ,but there is no place for the anger some people are showing. NRCornell

Posted by: nrcornell | June 16, 2010 9:25 PM
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To Mr. Obama: "Bring it on." You want to see riots in the street? Your SEIU goons have got nothing on the furious Americans right now...


Yeah, that NO BS!

Posted by: theaz | June 16, 2010 8:05 PM
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Hello Obamatrons! After dick-head's inspiring speech last night, I thought you would like something more exciting. After 40 years of loyalty, Al dumped Tipper for another woman. She stuck with this butthole through thick and thin, and then he has an affair. Frankly, it's hard to believe anything Gore says is truthful.

Below is the article that appears on AOL regarding Gore's affair. Sounds like he had alot of global warming in the bedroom:


Jun 16th 2010 1:54PM

Laurie David: An Inconvenient Affair?

Have Al Gore and environmentalist Laurie David been having an affair for the past two years? That's what some sources are claiming in a story that is shocking both Washington and Hollywood.

David, who was married to 'Seinfeld' co-creator Larry David for 14 years, produced Gore's Academy Award-winning documentary 'An Inconvenient Truth.' She took the eco-show on the road in 2007 with her Stop Global Warming College Tour with singer Sheryl Crow.

Posted by: Dodgers1 | June 16, 2010 7:59 PM
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This is all too convenient! How interesting that the oil spill in the Gulf allows Obama to push his leftist agenda. Oh, I hope the people who voted for this jerk are having nightmares about what they've done to this once-proud nation. Obama the Dictator. Obama makes Robert Mugabe look good!

Posted by: georges2 | June 16, 2010 7:10 PM
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"Bring it on!" was the same crazy-talk that President Bush said about the Iraqi insurgents. Are we sure Prossers7 isn't actually Karl Rove or Dick Chenney in Disguise?

And Thank you Prossers7 for revealing yet again the violent nature of you and your "movement."

Have a nice day.

Posted by: noahkohn | June 16, 2010 7:08 PM
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To Mr. Obama: "Bring it on." You want to see riots in the street? Your SEIU goons have got nothing on the furious Americans right now...

Posted by: prossers7 | June 16, 2010 6:55 PM
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