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Kerry-Lieberman bill emerges

Over at Huffington Post, John Kerry rolls out the Kerry-Lieberman climate bill. The piece is a bit short on specifics, but it's at least an interesting look at the politics of the issue: Kerry focuses on the danger of being beholden to oil-producing countries in the Middle East and letting China rush past us in the renewable-energy market.

More when I've got further specifics.

By Ezra Klein  |  May 12, 2010; 12:56 PM ET
 
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Ezra,

What are the odds this bill (in any shape or form) will become law?

Posted by: Lomillialor | May 12, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

"letting China rush past us in the renewable-energy market"

I think this is the core failure of Democrats and President Obama so far - GOP is generally receptive to 'national security / economic competition narrative' and Tom Friedman has been shouting for years that how China is stealing the show on 'alternative energy'. The failure on Dem side is to be able to play on these 'legitimate fears of GOP' that a totalitarian State in the end will upend America's path towards prosperity based on post-Carbon technologies.

I can understand that Obama may be inclined to keep quite until BP fiasco in Gulf of Mexico goes out of news. But lack of grand but equally committed / executable vision about 'post-Carbon Economy'; that is one of the most consequential failures of this Administration. Decades in future, America then will not be taking solace in how better Obama Administration was compared to Bush Administration when it came to Energy Policy. Unless changed, what that America in future will say is barring some minor changes, Obama Administration was just one more in the long line of failed American leadership.

Barack Obama simply does not have any 'heart' in this Energy Policy. Don't tell me that you do not have Congress on your side. It is never there. If he wants to proclaim that 'he is not bound to be successful, but bound to be true'; why is he not Truthful on Carbon based Energy policy and the urgent need to go away from that?

Truth be told - rebooting American Economy (and as a result giving inputus to Global Economy) based on post-Carbon Technologies is a much larger cause than Health Care Reform. Barack Obama is simply avoiding that and giving us a 'shaft' there.

Posted by: umesh409 | May 12, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

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