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Lieberman-Warner hits the Senate--and the blogosphere

3
Jun

Lieberman-Warner hits the Senate--and the blogosphere

The long-awaited Lieberman-Warner climate change bill finally hit the Senate floor yesterday afternoon. As you would expect, it has triggered a passionate debate on the blogosphere about its merits—or lack thereof. Here’s a sampling of the blogosphere buzz surrounding the bill:

Joe at Climate Progress highlights Al Gore’s “faint praise” for the bill:

Hey, Al, no gushing, please!

On the endorsement scale of 1 to 10, where 10 is, say, winning a Nobel Prize and 1 is, say, how the American people feel about George Bush, this is maybe a 4 or 5.

If you took out the words “begin to” it might represent a 6 or 7.

Meanwhile, David Dayen at Calipolitics praises Sen. Barbara Boxer for “putting the issue front and center.” However:

“…the bill she is promoting, the Lieberman-Warner Climate Security Act, is not only insufficient to the challenge (which I could live with), but represents a trillion-dollar giveaway to polluters who would not have to pay for the right to spew greenhouse gases into the air, a position completely at odds with the positions of all of our top Presidential candidates.”

Stephan Roberts at the Huffington Post has high praise for the bill, calling it

“…surprisingly bold legislation from the two senators which, if passed, would be 'one giant leap for mankind' towards stopping our addiction to carbon-based fuel supplies and placing a price on carbon.”

But he is also pessimistic about the bill’s chances in the Senate--and puts the blame squarely on the shoulders of big business:

“What I find so frustrating is the business world's, and especially US businesses', inability to see the long-term implications of today's actions on tomorrow's world. The attitudes of CEOs who have built-up massive corporations over many many years, and therefore must possess immense skills of judgment, planning and forethought, seem at odds with this shortsightedness.

Without a change in this attitude, we can never expect any real change at all.”

Predictably, there’s lots of opposition on the right, with some being shriller than others. I’ll spare you the excerpts on these.

Jon at 350.org captures very well the ambivalence of the debate surrounding the bill:

“But what more can we expect at this point? The climate movement is still young, still finding its voices, still figuring out how to mobilize nations behind the kind of systemic change the climate crisis demands. In the end, my guess is that the Lieberman-Warner Climate Security Act is cause for neither celebration nor entitled outrage, but rather is cause for a renewed commitment to building a movement big, loud, diverse, and unified enough to rise to the greatest challenge of our times. Let’s get to work…”

Finally, in case you missed it, Adi wrote for us a great dispatch on yesterday’s press conference held by Sen. Boxer.

Debate on the bill continues tomorrow—stay tuned!

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