It was revealed Thursday that the Senate isn’t going to put any kind of climate bill/cap on carbon to a vote because they can’t find 60. It’s pretty disgusting, especially considering the momentum from the oil disaster the Democrats and Obama should have used more aggressively to make the case for a clean energy future.
In 18 months a Senate with 59-60 Democrats couldn’t find the time or the heart to even take climate legislation to the floor. Pretty pathetic.
Here is the article breaking the news, and here is a blog post by Joe Romm at Climate Progress that appropriately divides up the blame between the Republicans, the media, Obama, the Democrats, and the activists. Below is an excerpt from the news article.
“At a press conference this afternoon, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, and Sen. John Kerry (D-MA), the Democrats’ top climate and energy negotiator, acknowledged officially, and with obvious disappointment, that they lack the votes to pass legislation limiting carbon pollution, and that forthcoming energy legislation will be extremely narrow, in a bid to overcome a GOP filibuster.”