Friday, May 05, 2006

The center is moving left on global warming...

Note that South Carolina Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, who has previously opposed mandatory limits on global warming pollution, has signed on as a co-sponsor of the power plant legislation crafted by Senator Tom Carper, which would limit greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.

See excerpts below from a story in today's Environment and Energy Daily:

AIR POLLUTION: Graham, Dodd sign on as cosponsors to Carper's power plant bill

Darren Samuelsohn, E&E Daily senior reporter

Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) added two more cosponsors to his global warming and air pollution bill yesterday, including a conservative Republican who has previously opposed mandatory caps on heat-trapping greenhouse-gas emissions.

Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) signed on to support Carper's latest bill just as the former Delaware governor was to formally introduce the measure in the Senate. According to Carper spokesman Bill Ghent, the new support is an indication of the bill picking up momentum.

"The fact we've attracted more cosponsors than previously is a signal that our bill probably could pass the Senate," Ghent said...

Cosponsors of Carper's bill already include Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Lincoln Chafee (R-R.I.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Judd Gregg (R-N.H.).

One environmentalist tracking the emissions debate, Clean Air Watch director Frank O'Donnell, said Graham's cosponsorship was "something of a coup." He added, "This is additional evidence that the center is shifting to the left and starting to gather a certain critical mass."

In the summer of 2005, Graham voted against a bill from Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Joe Lieberman (D-Conn.) that would have capped greenhouse gas emissions across several U.S. industrial sectors. Earlier in the year, nuclear industry sources had said Graham could get behind a climate change measure because of his support for more nuclear energy. Dodd voted in 2005 in favor of the McCain-Lieberman bill.

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