Skip to comments.Obama adviser says no climate change law this year
Posted on 10/02/2009 8:50:34 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar
President Barack Obama's top energy adviser said Friday there is no way Congress will be able to pass a bill on climate change this year. "That's not going to happen," said the adviser, Carol Browner.
Browner made the statement at a conference organized by The Atlantic magazine, just days after Senate Democrats introduced a major bill on climate change. In a video posted on the magazine's Web site, Browner was asked about the prospects of enacting climate legislation by the time negotiations on a global climate treaty begin in December in Copenhagen.
"Obviously, we'd like to be through the process, but that's not going to happen," Browner said. "I think we would all agree the likelihood you would have a bill signed by the president on comprehensive energy by the time we go early in December is not likely."
Senate Democrats unveiled a bill Wednesday that aims to cut greenhouse gasses by 20 percent by 2020. The House passed a bill in June that calls for a 17 percent emission cut by 2020.
The Senate bill includes an economy-wide cap-and-trade system that would require power plants, industrial facilities and refineries to cut carbon dioxide and other climate-changing pollution. While there would be an overall emission cap, polluters would be able to purchase emission allowances to limit reductions. The bill, however, does not lay out how emission allowances would be distributed, a contentious issue left for resolving later.
Climate change is competing with several other big issues for the attention of lawmakers. Among the issues: overhauling the nation's health care system and imposing new financial regulations on Wall Street.
Browner said the U.S. could still take a leading role at the Copenhagen talks, even without a new climate law.
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Don’t TRUST THEM....they LIE....regularly.
The pressure must be kept up on these evil, tyrants. We must give them ABSOLUTELY NO QUARTER.
Sorry for my yelling.
How about NO B.S. "climate change" law EVER.
Point taken. But, if they can't pass it this year they certainly are not going to pass it before the 2010 election. So I'm hoping the story is true. After 2010, if there is any justice, Obama is going to have a much more difficult time getting anything passed.
Especially the latter. It's not that they don't understand the consequences of this legislation. Exactly the opposite. Perhaps if enough common people understood, we could have these vile creatures arrested, tried, convicted and executed for treason.
Here's hoping your scenario is the one that comes about with both Cap&Tax and HealthScare chewed up in the political fray with nothing moving to The Won's desk. That would mean the only thing for him to point to as an accomplishment will be the Porkulus bill. Unfortunately, that is enough to qualify for the line from The Hunt for Red October: "You arrogant ass! You've killed us all!"
No Cap and Tax
No troops for Afghanistan
But the point is well taken: if they say nothing this year, then that means they'll sneak it thru in the dead of night. No question about it.
They’re going to do it via regulatory process, hence the EPA declaration of CO2 as a pollutant.
Paging Cass Sunstein, regulatory Czar.
I guess everybody has had enough change for this year. But don’t worry, there’s still plenty on tap for amateur night at the Whitehouse.