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Republicans to boycott climate bill markup

High political theater will take place at the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on Tuesday, when the panel's Democrats will convene to mark up their climate bill. The seven committee Republicans won't show, denying the majority a quorum.

Late Friday night, after the panel's chairman Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) issued notice of her intention to take up the bill she co-authored with Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), Republicans released a joint statement explaining the reason behind their boycott. The Environmental Protection Agency, they said, needs to run a more extensive analysis than the two-week study it's already performed on the bill.

"The taxpayers expect us to know what this 1,000-page bill costs before we start voting on it," the statement read. "They will only know this if we have a full economic analysis of how Kerry-Boxer affects them. This bill threatens Americans with trillions of dollars in higher energy taxes and millions of lost jobs. Yet as EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson admitted this week, EPA has 'not run the full economic modeling.' We cannot move forward in the legislative process if we don't have a complete understanding of this bill."

A committee spokesman, Peter Rafle, suggested the Republicans need to reassess their strategy.

"Senator Boxer believes that it is in the best interests of the American people for Republicans and Democrats to work together toward independence from foreign oil, toward protecting our children from pollution, and toward creation of millions of clean energy jobs," Rafle wrote in an e-mail. "Therefore, she urges the Republicans to rethink their decision, and to join us at the opening of the markup on Tuesday morning."

By Washington Post Editors  |  October 31, 2009; 10:49 AM ET
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Why oh Why isn't it OBVIOUS to all that the GOP doesn't give a "tinker's dam" about what is best for the USA or the World.

Their ONLY aim is to block any and all measures taken by Obama - whether good or bad.

In a word, the GOP is AMORAL!

Posted by: lufrank1 | October 31, 2009 12:28 PM | Report abuse

By the way . . . What is a Rebuplican?

Posted by: lufrank1 | October 31, 2009 12:31 PM | Report abuse


You say "Their ONLY aim is to block any and all measures taken by Obama - whether good or bad."

Shouldn't everyone's aim be to stop measures taken by Obama if they are bad?

In any event, the climate bill is bad for the U.S. You'll be the first whiner to talk about much energy costs will go up. Then you blame "the greedy corporations".

And you'll be so clueless that you won't even realize that you don't understand the cause and effort of raising taxes.

I'll help you though, because you're loopy but lovable...

If you raise taxes on raw materials, everything goes up. Businesses never pay for stuff, consumers always pay for higher taxes either directly or in the form of higher prices.

If you want to claim that's greedy, that's fine, but then you're upset about how basic microeconomics works.

Posted by: Ombudsman1 | October 31, 2009 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Ombudsman1, while you may think your knowledge of economics and politics is vastly superior, your characterization of 'lulu' is clearly an exercise in arrogance.

Posted by: JimInMinneapolis | October 31, 2009 12:41 PM | Report abuse

If Republicans made any serious attempt to actually work with this administration, people wouldn't be so quick to condemn them. It seems however no matter what it is their plan is to say no. As long as they say no, they prevent the country from moving forward. Their plans are to tell all the gullible people out there that President Obama has done nothing, achieved nothing and has changed nothing. What they aren't saying is that they have blocked, thwarted and sabotaged everything this administration has tried to do. They will tell you that since everything is controlled by Democrats that they shouldn't have a problem passing anything. Again Republicans continue to do everything in their power to ruin our country and blame everyone but themselves for it.

What DO Republicans want for our country other than to just be in control? Haven't we seen what their policies have done for this country? Why would anyone expect anything different from them, espicially when we see that they have no intentions of working with President Obama?

Posted by: catmomtx | October 31, 2009 1:00 PM | Report abuse

The Party of No is at it again. No ideas of our own. No interest in anyone else's. All they can do is secede...from the process, from their own responsibilities, from their record, and finally from reality.

Posted by: dfc102 | October 31, 2009 1:05 PM | Report abuse

The mighty republicans choose to run instead of standing up and fight. The strategy of "empty chairs" shows the real tactics of a bankrupt policy or lack of. I do not understand why people to claim to "put America first" refuse to discuss her future in an open forum, could it be that they really have nothing to offer to the debate, or what they really care about if the fate of a party twice beaten in the last 2 elections"? This reminds me of kids kids/people who refuse to play because they are afraid they cannot win?

Posted by: info22 | October 31, 2009 1:46 PM | Report abuse

If the GOP really wants to save this country it needs to have the guts to stand up and say: we will not permit the subversion of this Republic by a pack of socialistic pro-black community rabble-rousers. And they need to take all measures to accomplish, even legal ones.

Posted by: ravitchn | October 31, 2009 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Prof. Richard Lindzen of MIT, the foremost Climate Expert in the world, has used 20 years of "real" observations to prove that the premise of Global Warming is bogus!!!! He's proven that most of the CO2 produced does in fact escape from the earth's atmosphere and therefor very little of the solar radiation is captured!

Thus using real observations, ie. what has actually occurred vs bogus computer model predictions, he proves there is little if any long term climate warming!!!

Posted by: Jimbo77 | October 31, 2009 4:14 PM | Report abuse

What is a Republican? Well, in the best world it is someone who would sacrifice his own needs to save this Republic from Obama and his rabble-rousing racists.

Posted by: ravitchn | October 31, 2009 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Jimbo77 wrote:

"Prof. Richard Lindzen of MIT ... He's proven that most of the CO2 produced does in fact escape from the earth's atmosphere"

All you are doing is showing us how incompetent YOU are.

There is NO such proof, there are only conflicting opinions on the validity of the various computer models.

Posted by: frantaylor | October 31, 2009 5:05 PM | Report abuse

If Republicans want their country back they'll have to convince a lot of voters that the Cheney-Bush administration was nothing but a bad dream... Didn't really happen. Meanwhile they can show respect for our elected officials.

Posted by: BlueTwo1 | October 31, 2009 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Now, will voters remember the Party of No at election time? Reduce them to ashes.

Posted by: Towards_Light | October 31, 2009 6:08 PM | Report abuse

Next they'll complain they weren't allowed to participate.


Re: Prof. Richard Lindzen of MIT

Posted by: James10 | October 31, 2009 7:07 PM | Report abuse

Support Senator Kasim Reed for Mayor of Atlanta!

Posted by: halleberry4me | November 1, 2009 10:32 PM | Report abuse

Biggest scam yet. Hold on to your pocket books America.

Posted by: annlawler26 | November 2, 2009 10:37 PM | Report abuse

Instead of just one CBO accounting, America demands two accountings! Have Price Waterhouse Cooper check out Obama liberal’s fuzzy math also other deceptive bills attached. Buyer beware when creepy guy, Kerry is involved. Kerry and Gore - two peas in a pod. Boxer too. Next, Kerry and Boxer must be voted out. Their agenda-scams are killing America with communist agenda and our pocketbooks.

Posted by: annlawler26 | November 2, 2009 10:47 PM | Report abuse

frantaylor, there is indeed proof but Jimbo77 got his facts mixed up. The CO2 is not excaping but actual satellite measurments of infrared radiation escaping the earth's atmosphere have been shown to have the opposite trend that all the models assume. Instead of the amount of radiation excaping the atmosphere decreasing as CO2 increases it has been shown to increase. This is from government satellite data. This is ignificant because all the computer models assume an inverse relationship based on current theories...not actual data. Now we have actual data. The result is that the models overestimate the temperture increase by a factor of 6.

I call that pretty strong proof that the models are wrong.

Posted by: Joba | November 3, 2009 3:17 AM | Report abuse

Environmentalism has become a religion with God being replaced by the Earth. Now instead of the far right republicans telling us what we can and cannot do because God says so, we have the far left liberals telling us what we must do because of our moral obligation to the earth.

In both instances we have someone trying to push their beliefs on others because they are so convinced they are right and morally superior.

Posted by: Joba | November 3, 2009 3:26 AM | Report abuse

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