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A price on carbon, but not much of one?

It's not exactly clear what was agreed to at President Obama's meeting with various senators to discuss the climate and energy bill. As Politico tells it, the final bill has to include a price on carbon, but not much of one. Or something?

I'd say the key comment is Kerry's admission that “we believe we have compromised significantly, and we’re prepared to compromise further." They should engrave that on the dome of the United States Capitol.

By Ezra Klein  |  June 29, 2010; 2:30 PM ET
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"I'd say the key comment is Kerry's admission that “we believe we have compromised significantly, and we’re prepared to compromise further." They should engrave that on the dome of the United States Capitol."

HAHAHAHAHA. Isn't that the Democratic Party's midterm election slogan?

Posted by: slag | June 29, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

"'we believe we have compromised significantly, and we’re prepared to compromise further.' They should engrave that on the dome of the United States Capitol."

Man, that's so true. If they build a monument to to 2000-era politicians, that's what should be emblazoned upon it. Check out the Lincoln Memorial, then go over to the The Milquetoast Politico Memorial and check out the John Kerry section.

Posted by: Kevin_Willis | June 29, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

First Rule of Settlement Negotiation: Do Not Negotiate Against Your Own Settlement Offer.

Every offer you make is your "last, best offer," even if everyone in the room knows that isn't true. You never throw out a proposal and immediately undercut it by saying, "But if this isn't good enough, we can toss in lots more to sweeten the pot."

At least, you never do that unless you are a Democrat in the U.S. Congress.

Posted by: bearclaw1 | June 29, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

OT: Andrew Breitbart is offering $100,000 for the complete Journolist archives.

Surely Ezra's got something to say about that? Or plans to soon be investing $100k in some clean energy stocks?

Posted by: Kevin_Willis | June 29, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Any price on carbon is better than no price on carbon. You have to start somewhere.

Posted by: mschol17 | June 29, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Well here we have a monument to the sheer madness of the American left. A tax on carbon is, apparently, necessary, because that's the only way that the left can keep its tattered self respect.

After all, they fell, en masse for a complete hoax. Now they wish to foist that hoax on Americans.

no thanks.

Posted by: skipsailing28 | June 29, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Dems: We are giving up everything and WE WILL GO ANY LOWER!

If that is how a majority runs this country then I can't wait for them to get the boot.

Posted by: jake3D | June 29, 2010 6:02 PM | Report abuse

And what about the father of climate change, Al Gore? No mention of him here, anymore, ya ingrate. His divorce now looks like it might be a way to protect his troubled assets from a sexual harassment lawsuit. People don't try that kind of stuff he pulled on the masseuse only once. There may be other women coming forward. I'm sitting back in my barcalounge watching this one.

Posted by: truck1 | June 29, 2010 8:23 PM | Report abuse

what a wonderful statement coming from a Senator! Indeed, what complete and utter Nonsense!! One like the other 99!

if Kerry could be more idiotic, I certainly find that hard to believe, but who knows, Kerry may yet surprise me. These are the mien of the men and women who are "elected" to represent the Corporations that run America. wonder if the 100 Senators know we are listening? or Care?

proves that wealth doesn't assure intelligence. that's for sure.
not to say Bush was ever capable of being president, but it does say Kerry probably wouldn't have made much of a difference. kind of like Obama, totally shilling it for the money.

this quote hopefully will go down in history, along with the America, Kerry et al, have sold down the river.

that is so classic. if only Mark Twain were around.

Posted by: Beleck31 | June 30, 2010 12:58 AM | Report abuse

Glen Beck is right. There is an uberleft Progressive Crime Inc. out there, intending to cash-in on the dumbing down of our school system (thanks, teacher's union) minorities’ self-victimization (thanks, bleeding hart do-gooder democrats), self destructive star-strcuk airheads (thanks, Hollywood), nihilist gangster wannabies (thank rappers and hipp-hoopers)... But what hurts me most, they corrupted scientist too, and the climate change hoax reminds me how ugly and destructive the Stalinist Lisenkoism and Mengele's "research" were at times when politics compromised the integrity of science and used it to justify the ugly interest of a smal click that held itself far above the "plebs". It pains me to watch it happening here, in the US of A. The worst of it is that they are enabled to do this by people Lenin called "useful idiots", in this case, the eminent members of a spineless media.

Posted by: layosh | June 30, 2010 9:12 AM | Report abuse

The friends of the alleged Al Gore sexual harassment victim cautioned her against bringing this up to the police, lest the world be consumed by global warming. This is a hilarious reminder of the mentality, and gullibility, of those who take Gore seriously.

Posted by: truck1 | June 30, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

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