Skip to comments.Graham says Obama has his back on climate bill (Kerry has "definite Republican votes") (barf!)
Posted on 12/05/2009 2:37:50 PM PST by rabscuttle385
Sen. Lindsey Graham may be under fire from conservatives back home in South Carolina. But the Republican got a personal assurance from President Obama yesterday that the White House is supporting his efforts to craft a sweeping Senate energy and global warming bill.
The president told me personally he was very open, that nuclear power would be part of the mix, that clean coal would be part of the mix, that hes for offshore drilling in a responsible way, Graham said today in describing his Oval Office meeting with Obama. But we have to have a price on carbon, an emissions standard thats real, thats good for the environment and good for business. And I was very pleased.
Grahams ties to the White House are pivotal for sponsors of an energy and climate bill as they search for more Republicans willing to work on a key feature of their domestic and international agenda. Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) yesterday said he has definite Republican votes for the bill, though he would not name names or give exact numbers.
So E&E News PM (subs. reqd) reported last night. Again, those who think there is not going to be a bipartisan climate bill in the spring are not paying attention.
And it is going to be an economy-wide bill as Sen. Lieberman (I-CT) explains later in the piece:
Graham described Obamas message after a Capitol Hill briefing that included 10 other senators and members of the U.S. Climate Action Partnership, a business and environmental lobbying group. Republicans Susan Collins of Maine and Judd Gregg of New Hampshire briefly stopped for the meeting that entailed leading corporate CEOs urging lawmakers to pass a sweeping bill to give them certainty about future environmental regulations.
This country is in desperate need of a comprehensive energy and climate strategy, Marvin Odum, president of Shell Oil Co., told reporters after the meeting. And if we get that done, we can do this in a way that can increase American jobs, will increase our energy security, will improve our balance of trade, and will protect our environment.
Graham said whether Obama can win more Senate Republicans depends on industry. I think the message needs to come more from business people, he said. We need to get the business community more on board for acting now and more vocal about the consequences of inaction.
Kerry, Graham and Lieberman are meeting tomorrow to discuss whether to produce an outline of their proposal during the two-week U.N. climate negotiations that start Monday in Copenhagen. But the three senators do not plan to release a full piece of legislation until early next year once they have won over additional co-sponsors.
When they do release their proposal, Lieberman insisted it would not venture into some of the alternative ideas that have recently gained traction on Capitol Hill, including a carbon tax or sector-specific limits only on power plants. Personally, I dont think theres any chance of a carbon tax being this legislation, Lieberman said.
Staff to Republican Sens. Richard Lugar of Indiana and George Voinovich of Ohio are researching the idea of greenhouse gas limits only for power plants, perhaps combined with other energy and environmental measures such as efficiency standards for buildings and stronger corporate average fuel economy standards for transportation.
But Lieberman said he remains focused on an economywide approach that covers major energy, transportation and manufacturing companies. We are not looking at the sector-specific approach, Lieberman said. And I hope we dont get to that because the most sensible way to start this is economywide.
I just don’t know what to say.....
And the beat goes on..................
I hope Senator Graham enjoys his final years as a senator.
Is it possible, remotely possible, that voters are going to wake up in a back way in 2010 and see that these stinking RINOs are nothing but ObamaButtBoys?
Another Specter in the making! Watch him switch parties as soon as he realizes he can’t win his GOP Senate primary.
I wonder what BO has promised Lindsey in order to get him to sell out America. The GOP needs to boot Graham and do it now. He’s hurting our country.
Don’t these idiots understand we don’t want either bill? It’s not enough to vote them out of office Take their pensions and health care and goodies and bar them from having to do with government ever again.
We need to do some digging and find out just how much these idiots have invested in the carbon credit trading scam. That and how much taxpayer money they’ve invested in it.
I’m not sure which expression is more appropropriate; you judge.
“It’s a cookbook!”
This is just a political calculation on Graham’s part.
He thinks if he goes along with it, he’ll get some pork for nuclear research (think Oak Ridge National Labs).
He’s just like Robert Byrd in that respect, except instead of bridges and government buildings with his name on it, he’ll get a big government nuclear research project with his name on it.
George Soros has donated money to both Senators, Lindsey Graham and John McCain.
Hey, all you incredibly dumb and uninformed Americans, Im Lindsey Graham. Im a really, really, REALLY smart lawyer from South Carolina.
Because I am from South Carolina, some of you uninformed BIGOTS might call me a cracker.
Actually, that suits me just fine because that would make me a Graham Cracker. So if you dont like my position (often bent over Algores or Harry Reids desk) on globull warming, immigration or those OTHER unimportant issues you can
Wonder why anyone would listen to anything BHO says since you cannot believe anything that comes out of his mouth.
They want to save a bill built conceived by lies and extortion.
Global Climate Fraud must be dismantled in it’s entireity!!!!
I always have a hard time listening to Graham; I think having McCain’s pubes stuck between his teeth makes him mumble.
Whew!!! Never thought I would see the day when Grahamnesty actually bent over and grabbed his ankles; but there it is for all the world to see!! What is up with the good folks in South Carolina.......”the buckle on the Bible belt”?!!
Should we start a fund for Vaseline for Graham (just to make it easier for him)?
Mini-MeCain has learned well from his mentor.
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