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Some good news on climate legislation?


The details dribbling out about the carbon bill that Lindsey Graham, John Kerry and Joe Lieberman are working on are more encouraging than I would've thought. That's partially a comment on the bill's potential quality and partially a comment on my low expectations. In fact, if you want to see how the legislative process takes good, simple plans and turns them into Swiss cheese, check out this table comparing the House bill, the apparent outline of the Senate bill and President Obama's campaign proposal.

Photo credit: Harry Hamburg/AP.

By Ezra Klein  |  March 19, 2010; 6:09 PM ET
Categories:  Climate Change  
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I have an extremely hard time believing a bill co-sponsored by Lieberman and Graham will be good policy. Also I expect Graham (and possibly Lieberman too) would find some reason that in sorrow he would have to vote against the bill if it actually came up for a vote.

Posted by: redwards95 | March 20, 2010 6:54 AM | Report abuse

Bill is DOA thanks to health care reconciliation.

Posted by: craig18 | March 20, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse

It will be nice when all this nonsense dies a richly deserved death, and goes down in infamy with all the other failed attempts at artificial machinations that accomplish little more than a further heaped burden on the poor and struggling middle classes. Somebody slap these pointy heads, DOWN, and rub their foul noses in all their unintended consequences excrement.

Posted by: sdlawrence | March 20, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

That's a great photo shot of three confirmed losers cracking their heads together trying to come up with yet another way to drag us back to the stone age...

Posted by: brock2118 | March 20, 2010 8:09 PM | Report abuse

I am more optimistic about a climate bill because it will be summer and public opinion on global warming seems to flow from the question: Is it hot out?

Posted by: JasonFromSeattle | March 21, 2010 7:36 PM | Report abuse

Hahaha, any legislation dealing with "man-made climate change" is a bunch of baloney. It's all based on regulating CO2 through the EPA because they cannot possibly try to regulate most of the other greenhouse gasses, of which the most prevalent is... water, or H20!

Think about this. Envision the matter in the atmosphere as a football stadium with 10,000 seats. Every element contained in our atmosphere takes up a certain number of seats. C02 takes up four. Yes, four out of 10,000 seats. If the amount of CO2 in our atmosphere were to double, we would likely not experience much change at all. Inversely, if we were to all stop driving cars tomorrow, cease all production of CO2 and live like cave men, the average temperature change over the next century would likely amount to less than 1 Celsius.
Any legislation regulating CO2 is a waste of time and only serves the government to have more controls on the body politic.

Posted by: OfConservativeMind | March 22, 2010 11:55 AM | Report abuse

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