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Boxer Aims for Tuesday Markup on Climate Bill

By Juliet Eilperin

Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairman Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) plans to take up climate legislation in her committee Tuesday, according to a senior aide -- if the Republicans don't stand in her way.

"It is our intention, as of now, to mark up Tuesday," a senior aide told The Washington Post Thursday.

The panel has spent the bulk of the week holding hearings on the bill authored by Boxer and Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-Mass.). The measure has the backing of all committee Democrats except Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.), whose panel also has jurisdiction over the measure.

But committee Republicans are uniformly opposed to it, and have raised the prospect of blocking a markup by failing to grant the majority a quorum. The Democrats need two of the panel's seven Republicans to attend a markup.

Matt Dempsey, spokesman for committee Republicans, said they will "get together" soon to decide if they'll push to delay the markup. "It's definitely moving in that direction," he said.

Sen. James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.) has complained the panel needs additional economic analysis from the Environmental Protection Agency to proceed.

"Certainly we understand the importance of having an EPA analysis which talks about job losses and harm to consumers," Dempsey said.

Baucus is still negotiating with Boxer over how he might be able to support the measure, but made it clear Tuesday that in its current form, he did not think it would pass muster with either him or several other key lawmakers.

"We cannot afford the unmitigated impacts of climate change," he said, "but we also cannot afford the unmitigated effects of legislation."

By Juliet Eilperin  |  October 29, 2009; 5:30 PM ET
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It's the "unmitigated effects of legislation" that everyone needs to worry about. The human-caused Global Warming Hypothesis is soundly rejected on scientific grounds. The AGW hypothesis is so "yesterday". Only journalists and politicians among people in the public eye still hold on to it (and those they influence). For politicians it is all about control of the citizens through taxation and regulation which is what this legislation is all about. For journalists (including TV people) it is, I think, a lack of training in even elementary science. I went to the same school as Obama (18 years earlier) where the science that humanities majors had to take was so minimal, such that most had more science in high school. In the pursuit of their carriers, actual science tends to be unavailable, so reliance is placed on politicians and their press liaisons, the first of which are mostly lawyers and the second of which are mostly communications majors (or related fields). None of these individuals, I suspect, has had any science since high school. Yet, the information on AGW is "out there".
Additionallly, take "wind power"....e.g., if $100M is invested in windmills it has been estimated that the break even point is around 50 yrs; whereas, if an oil company invests $100M in oil exploration, drilling, refining, and bringing to market, the break even point is 5 to 10 years, and this still provides more oil for the following years. On an effiency level, oil wins out hands-down. (Nuclear is even better.)
If any "cap and trade" legislation is passed, living standards will decline, not just in the US but all over the world. It's a prosperity killer!
--WPC, potential pundit.

Posted by: wpcharowhas | October 30, 2009 12:17 PM | Report abuse


Jealousies have found fertile soil in the UN for the launch of a retaliation against America.

From Norway to Gambia, dubious motives will use fear of climate change, and Copenhagen in an attempt to create a new world power.

You can’t afford it.

Posted by: JamesRaider | October 31, 2009 2:50 AM | Report abuse

When in the hell!, Are these IMMoral corrupt tryants,Going to STOP!, The damn lies about climate change, They and we know it is a bald face lie,It is another scam for al gore to embassel more money in his pocket,It would take every country to do something, And they have said this is bull s---,Do these scrundrel; have any pride at all?,And what pisses us off is the rest of these communist party like every thing else does nothing about it,Look at how boxer & pelosi,with the rest of their thugs have broke calif,These people are really sick the way they are doing the American people with {NO} conscious,Of how wrong they are doing people,And all for money & power,They are the taliban of America.

Posted by: dickiesnhogheaven | October 31, 2009 10:20 PM | Report abuse

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