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Obama's climate push for 2011

By Juliet Eilperin
President Obama hasn't given up on climate and energy legislation altogether, according to a new Rolling Stone interview. He's just going to try for base hits.

In an Oval Office interview with the magazine's editor, Jann Wenner, Obama said he would make passage of "an energy policy that begins to address all facets of our over-reliance on fossil fuels" one of his "top priorities" for 2011.

"We may end up having to do it in chunks, as opposed to some sort of comprehensive
omnibus legislation. But we're going to stay on this because it is good for our economy, it's good for our national security, and, ultimately, it's good for our environment," he said.

While Obama has identified reducing greenhouse gases and promoting renewable energy as among his top priorities in the past, the administration failed to make a major push in the Senate on legislation after the House passed a comprehensive bill authored by House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) and Rep. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), who chairs the panel's subcommittee on energy and the environment.

The House bill passed on a largely party-line vote, and its backers in the Senate failed to win over any GOP support for a cap on carbon after Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) walked away from negotiations with Sens. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.) and Joseph I. Lieberman (I-Conn.) this spring.

"During the past two years, we've not made as much progress as I wanted to make when I was sworn into office," the president said. "It is very hard to make progress on these issues in the midst of a huge economic crisis."

But when Wenner asked Obama if he would launch a lobbying campaign similar to the one on behalf of health care last year, the president replied: "Yes. Not only can I foresee it, but I am committed to making sure that we get an energy policy that makes sense for the country and that helps us grow at the same time as it deals with climate change in a serious way."

Whether Republicans will sign off on such a program if they make serious gains in November, even if it's done in small "chunks," remains to be seen.

By Juliet Eilperin  | September 28, 2010; 5:25 PM ET
 
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I see, so the Obama Administration is going to push for this legislation, next year, with FEWER Democrats in office, as opposed to pushing these bills now?

Okay, makes about as much sense as rewarding Joe Lieberman with his Senate DHS Committee Chairmanship after he actively campaigned against Obama and the Democrats in 2008.

Yeah, Lieberman's continued Chairmanship resulted in better, not weaker, health care legislation, and more, not fewer, people covered, right?

It's not us liberals who need to "wake up" or "stop whining", it's the Obama Administration and Democratic leadership which enthusiastically practice a preemptive capitulation when it comes to aggressively standing up to the teabaggers, militia malcontents, secession-loving loons and outright racists wanting a return to the same failed Bush Jr/Cheney Administration policies that attacked our Constitution and busted our treasury, policies which the Obama Administration and Democrats themselves soundly thrashed at the ballot box in 2006 and 2008.

Posted by: kingcranky | September 28, 2010 8:14 PM | Report abuse

The idiot Obama should give up the idea that Americans owe taxes for carbon. It is a by-product of life...and we have no control over Chinese emissions or anyone else's for that matter.

It's a fake reason to tax Americans for nothing but breathing.

Give it up. You make me sick.

Posted by: easttxisfreaky | September 28, 2010 11:45 PM | Report abuse

What a moron - Obama wants to add yet another tax that ALL Americans will have to pay with his insane Cap and Tax - the man cannot shake his socialist tendencies.

Posted by: Realist201 | September 29, 2010 7:42 AM | Report abuse

Cap-n-Tax NEXT YEAR? Just who the freak is going to pass it? There's what, maybe twenty-five super-safe gerrymandered democrat districts? Hardly a commie majority! Congratulations, democrats, you are now officially the minority party and will remain that way for at least a decade. Way to go....

Posted by: sosueme1 | September 29, 2010 9:15 AM | Report abuse

Obama is determined to shut down capitalism!

He is the most egotistically loquacious individual to hit DC that I can remember -- and I remember Roosevelt and Carter!

Posted by: wheeljc | September 29, 2010 5:32 PM | Report abuse

Haven't the people spoken up enough in opposition to this crap?

Isn't this the president telling us to go to H E L L ?

Maybe the Governor of Maine is right! Why should he show Obama any more respect than Obama shows for the citizens of the U.S?

Posted by: TexRancher | September 29, 2010 7:04 PM | Report abuse

President Obama DOES NOT LISTEN TO THE PEOPLE!

WHY SHOULD THE PEOPLE LISTEN TO HIM????

Posted by: wheeljc | September 29, 2010 8:26 PM | Report abuse

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