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Republicans may delay climate bill markup

By Juliet Eilperin
Republicans on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee may block a markup on the Democrats' climate bill if they're not satisfied they've gotten a sufficient analysis time to review the text in detail, according to the panel's top Republican, Sen. James M. Inhofe (Okla.).

Inhofe, speaking to reporters Friday afternoon, said the committee's seven Republicans were united in their determination to fully review the bill sponsored by Democratic Sens. John Kerry (Mass.) and Barbara Boxer (Calif.). The bill is set to have its first hearing Tuesday and Boxer, who chairs the Environmental and Public Works Committee, said this week she hopes to mark up the bill a week or two after that.

Although the ratio of committee Democrats to Republicans is 12 to 7, under committee rules two Republicans must attend a markup in order to have a quorum.

"We're not being unreasonable," Inhofe said. "The only leverage we have is the quorum leverage, and if we get stonewalled, we'll use it."

Inhofe described his criteria in broad terms. "It's got to be adequate time to analyze what is there, the text is in front of us," he said.

The Environmental Protection Agency is expected to submit an economic analysis of the Kerry-Boxer bill to the committee Friday, but it hadn't arrived as of mid-afternoon.

Boxer said: "We must move forward on this legislation to create millions of clean energy jobs, to reduce our dependence on foreign oil, and to protect our children from dangerous pollution. The Republicans should join us in this effort, and not just say, 'No.' If they choose to boycott this landmark undertaking, then we will use every tool at our disposal to proceed."

Committee Democrats used a similar tactic in 2005 to delay consideration of President Bush's "Clear Skies" proposal for several months. It finally came before the committee and received a tie vote of 9 to 9.

By Juliet Eilperin  |  October 23, 2009; 4:57 PM ET
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Comments

First Inhofe needs to learn to spell the word S-C-I-E-N-C-E.

Then he needs to work on grasping the concept of evolution.

THEN he'll get around to obstructing the Climate Change Bill.

Posted by: Bud0 | October 23, 2009 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Basically a delaying tactic by members of the Republican party who are opposed to protecting the environment. The bill was introduced back in September, it has been available through THOMAS (the Library of Congress web site where all legislation is posted for review - www.thomas.gov) for weeks. (S. 1733 is the bill number.)

Posted by: JohnMG123 | October 23, 2009 6:05 PM | Report abuse

More non-sense in the name of science. Introducing more regulations to invite more lobbying under the guise of "environment protection" is only going making one set of Americans rich. The regulators and the lawmakers.

Posted by: NoWeCant | October 23, 2009 6:45 PM | Report abuse

Well, OF COURSE, Republicans are delaying. They made a decision long ago to make every effort to see to it that Obama fails. In every thing and in every way. There is NO possibility that they will work with the Democrats.
They believe that making the President fail will bring them back to political power. They are interested in NOTHING other than that.
For some reason, which is hard to fathom really, they seem to think that if America fails, they win.

Posted by: cms1 | October 23, 2009 7:23 PM | Report abuse

It's Inhofe who's on the side of the biosphere . What's astounding is the fraud which wants to use the force of the global state to limit the amount of available carbon in , and thus the volume of , the biosphere .

As Joe Bastardi of Accuweather points out , it defies common sense that the gas upon which life is built would be the cause of its demise . I.e. if the much higher CO2 levels during lush periods in the past were deadly to life , we would not exist to have this exchange .

Posted by: CoSyBob | October 23, 2009 9:56 PM | Report abuse

"We must move forward on this legislation to create millions of clean energy jobs, to reduce our dependence on foreign oil, and to protect our children from dangerous pollution" Are senators this ill-informed? CO2 is NOT pollution, and we will lose not gain jobs, see what happened in Spain.

Posted by: sdcougar | October 23, 2009 10:50 PM | Report abuse

Climate change deniers = Flat Earth Society

Completely detached from reality.

Posted by: luridone | October 24, 2009 2:28 AM | Report abuse

Anthropogenic climate change alarmists = Flat Earth Society

Completely detached from reality.

Posted by: CoSyBob | October 24, 2009 2:41 PM | Report abuse

"Climate Bill" Does anyone in Washington recognize the absolute insanity of this? A CLIMATE bill--that somehow, via legislation, we can affect the CLIMATE??? And people refer to Inhofe as insane. Why not call it a misguided energy tax created by a bunch of power-drunk nitwits. In 20 years, I hope DC is under-water. That's the only good thing I can think of with regard to all this Climate Change B.S. 99% of you couldn't change the oil in your car if the instructions were on the plug, but are all behind this bill.

Posted by: glenlivet | October 26, 2009 6:52 PM | Report abuse

Glenlivet said that DC should be underwater in 20 years? It's nothing more than a swamp that's been drained and kept at bay these many years. Why should we be surprised that the rats--both parties, to be fair--thrive and conduct their illicit business there? Actually, it's a disservice to rats to make the comparison.

Posted by: walk2write | October 26, 2009 11:29 PM | Report abuse

This so called "Climate Bill" is nothing more than a Fed money grab that will cost all Americans (except for the Unions)$$$$ to put $$$ in Al Gore's pocket. It is a farse to think people can stop mother nature. Just try to stop a wave in the ocean.

The real science shows that while carbon emisions climbed over the past 10 years, the earth has not shown any increase in warmth. The real reason our climate changes is totally based on the sun and what it is doing.

This whole idea is nothing more than histeria that has been in the interest of Al Gore, whose truth was made up and based on false premises.

Stop Cap & Tax now.

Posted by: leasador | October 27, 2009 1:01 PM | Report abuse

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