I guess no rest for the wicked…
The senate is starting up the drive for the climate change bill. Well, I guess if you are the dems and you know that your WH is crashing like a bunch of drunk teenagers that just wrapped dad’s car around a tree, and the real tsunami of “change” is coming full force at you in the 2010 elections; then you try to shove through as much crappy legislation as you can as a basis for the next time the country goes off it’s rocker and elects a socialist, marxist, communist, wannabe president.
Senate Democrats are looking to restart momentum for climate legislation, which has taken a backseat to healthcare.
The Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee next week opens debate on the Kerry-Boxer bill with three hearings over three days in which more than 50 witnesses are scheduled to testify.
Not much has happened since the House passed its climate bill in late June on a tight vote, but Senate Democrats hope to make progress on one of the administration’s highest priorities before global climate talks in Copenhagen, Denmark, in December.
One marathon session set for Thursday on the Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act will include 22 witnesses on four panels. That follows two days of hearings, the first of which will receive testimony from the secretaries of the departments of Energy, Transportation and the Interior and the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
On Friday, climate watchers were waiting for a revised version of the climate bill co-sponsored by Sens. John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), who is the chairwoman of the Senate EPW Committee. The revision was expected to provide more detail about how valuable pollution allowances companies will have to hold under the cap-and-trade mechanism would be divided.
This is another incredibly long bill; I will be getting back to you on the areas of concern after I finish reading it.