Senators offer bipartisan climate-change bill

Oct 14, 2009 | 10:39 AM | Martyn Chase

A bipartisan proposal from Sen. John Kerry (D., Mass.) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.) has given new momentum to the nearly moribund prospects of Senate passage of sweeping climate-change legislation before the end of the year.

The Kerry-Graham proposal, outlined in an op-ed piece in the New York Times, has been hailed as a "game changer" by leading environmental groups, who now think that a comprehensive global warming package is a real possibility before the Copenhagen climate summit in December. The House passed a stringent cap-and-trade bill by a narrow vote in June.

The two senators are convinced they have come up with "a framework for climate legislation to pass Congress," asserting that their plan would be a "blueprint" for a clean-energy future. "We refuse to accept the argument that the United States cannot lead the world in global climate change," they wrote.....

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