Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Industry begins to mobilize against Lieberman Warner climate bill

They haven’t even voted yet in the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, but industry is already mobilizing against the Lieberman Warner Climate bill.

The US Chamber of Commerce, the National Mining Association, and some front group called the Alliance for Energy and Economic Growth declared their opposition in letters this week. These include the usual hyperbole -- the sky will fall, etc.

(The Chamber of Commerce is running a "Harry & Louise" style attack ad on its website at http://www.uschamber.com/default )

As you probably know, there are going to be a boatload of amendments offered to the bill in the committee. (The action is on C-Span right now, if you are interested.)

But the reality is that it’s been greased – the committee will vote in favor of the bill either today or tomorrow.

But the growing industry resistance suggests the legislation will face an uncertain road ahead.

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