By the looks of it, Harry Reid and the Senate Democrats are going to make a big push for clean energy and CLIMATE legislation next month, tied together with an oil spill response package. Props to my MD Senator Ben Cardin for being a strong voice as always. See below!
“Democrats put on a show of unity this afternoon, claiming a special caucus on energy legislation was an emotional and inspirational success of the first proportion.”
“Emerging from the hour-long meeting in the Capitol, Reid described the caucus as “inspirational” where members uniformly supported moving an energy bill to create “clean energy” jobs, reduce pollution and bolster national security by reducing US spending on foreign oil.”
“Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is planning a high-risk, high-stakes strategy for bringing climate and energy legislation to the floor ahead of the August recess. The gamble: yoking a bipartisan, fast-track measure to overhaul offshore drilling rules with a broad, contentious bill capping greenhouse gas emissions that otherwise would have almost no chance of passage on its own.”
From a “Hill Source” GO CARDIN!
– Majority Leader Reid promised to bring a comprehensive bill to the floor in the next work period.– Senator Cardin made a big push that pricing carbon is an essential component in solving the energy crisis. He reiterated that we cannot compromise on this measure, that we have to fight on a bill that we can be proud of as Democrats.
– Senator Landrieu discussed the devastation in the Gulf and the real impacts of our oil addiction both at home and across the globe.
– Senator Merkley spoke passionately about the need for oil independence.
– Senator Sherrod Brown said there is only one side to be on in this debate – and that Republicans must join Democrats to protect the security of the nation.
– Senators Begich and Shaheen said this is the year for action.
– Senators agreed that they would work together and with any and all brave, willing Republicans to bring the best possible bill to the floor this summer.
– The Senators also agreed, however, that that bill must include a mechanism to reduce carbon pollution, and on that point, they were steadfast in their commitment.
– Senators described the strategy of this legislation as more akin to the financial regulatory legislation than of health care, with Democrats bringing to the floor an impenetrable package that the Republicans could not roadblock.
– Senator Feinstein commented that in 18 years, no one has ever worked harder on any bill than Senator Kerry has worked on climate change.
– Senator Kerry closed the meeting with a few remarks to drive the message home that this is our year for action.
– Senators Reid, Bingaman, Kerry, Lieberman, Boxer, and Cantwell then went to a stake-out where the reconfirmed their commitment to bringing a comprehensive energy bill to the floor this year.