The Climate and Energy Failure: Wasted Opportunity, or Pre-Ordained?

By: Wednesday September 8, 2010 12:29 pm

Ezra has a good short piece on why President Obama opted for health care reform over a climate bill, saying that the moment basically was foisted upon him. The health care coalition was broader than the climate coalition, had more institutional actors, and the Democrats in Congress were more united on the issue. Indeed, we’re [...]

Kerry, Lieberman Want More Time to Hash out Energy Bill with Utility Interests

By: Tuesday July 20, 2010 1:06 pm

With financial reform and the unemployment extension finished, the Senate has to actually think about what to do next! (Kidding). They still want to finish a small business lending and tax break bill, the war supplemental will have to be dealt with, and Elena Kagan’s confirmation will wrap up in the August work period. But [...]

Whither the Energy Bill?

By: Monday July 19, 2010 2:27 pm

With the end of any hope for an economy-wide cap and trade bill this year, and even a utility-only cap all but dead (why CAP’s draft recommendations include the utility-only cap when it’s not going into the bill is puzzling), thoughts turn to what kind of a bill the Senate could muster that would actually [...]

Don’t Worry About The Utility-Only Cap: It Can’t Pass Anyway

By: Friday July 16, 2010 7:25 am

Many in the environmental community were rightly appalled by this news about the utility companies trying to extract a major price for a cap on their greenhouse gas emissions. Closed-door meetings between a select group of environmentalists and a handful of electric utility executives may determine the fate of climate change legislation in the Senate. [...]

Reid Sets Tentative Late July Debate for Climate and Energy Bill

By: Wednesday July 14, 2010 7:00 am

Harry Reid has a draft of a climate and energy bill that he plans to bring to the Senate floor within a couple weeks, the Majority Leader said. That would begin the climate debate right around the end of the July work period, so I don’t know what that means for pushing back the deadline [...]

Enviro Groups Try to Save Utility-Only Cap in Last Gasp

By: Tuesday July 13, 2010 8:35 am

The environmental community, worried about the prospects of an energy and climate bill without a cap on greenhouse gas emissions, is desperately trying to salvage something out of the bill by pushing for the fallback option, a utility-only cap. The source says “there are a lot of conversations going on around town” to determine whether [...]

Deficit Hysteria Likely to Kill Climate Bill, Too

By: Thursday July 8, 2010 10:57 am

I noted yesterday that the American Power Act, the Lieberman-Kerry climate change bill, would reduce the deficit, according to the CBO. I should have added what Bryan Walsh notes today, that the replacement for the American Power Act, whatever bill Senate Democrats come up with, whether it has a utility-only cap on carbon emissions or [...]

Enter Jeff Bingaman, Climate Savior

By: Friday July 2, 2010 7:40 am

(Y’all may have noticed Dave Johnson testing out the equipment for me in the last post. Big thanks to him for filling in. I’ll be around for a little while longer today, and then Dave will be flying solo through next Tuesday.) It must not be fun being John Kerry. You get Swift-boated by a [...]

Snowe, Other Republicans Dip Their Toe in Utility-Only Cap Strategy

By: Wednesday June 30, 2010 2:31 pm

Despite entreaties from Lindsey Graham to give up, I’m actually marginally more optimistic that something will pass on climate and energy, at least a tiny bit more today than yesterday. Really. OK, tiny in a sub-atomic sense. This is mainly because our overlord Olympia Snowe dared to support a utility-only cap as a solution to [...]

Out of Climate Meeting, Democrats Seem to Move to Utility-Only Cap

By: Tuesday June 29, 2010 11:13 am

President Obama and almost two dozen Senators met today about energy and climate legislation, and Democrats conceded on an industry-wide carbon cap in favor of a more limited approach. Key Senate Democrats offered, during a White House meeting with President Barack Obama and skeptical Republicans on Tuesday, to scale back their ambitious plans to cap [...]

Democrats Poised for Comprehensive Climate and Energy Approach

By: Monday June 28, 2010 11:51 am

The postponed White House/Senate meeting on climate and energy legislation will happen tomorrow, featuring members of both parties: THE INVITE LIST – Add Byron Dorgan to the list. Previously reported invitees: Sherrod Brown, Olympia Snowe, Jay Rockefeller, Tom Carper, Maria Cantwell, George Voinovich, Harry Reid, John Kerry, Joe Lieberman, Lindsey Graham, Richard Lugar, Barbara Boxer, [...]

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