Friday, December 11, 2009

On the Kerry-Lieberman-Graham "Compromise"

This outline of a “compromise” was completely predictable.

And it is tremendously disappointing.

Once you wade through the focus-group crafted boilerplate language, it reads like a coal protection manifesto. Citing Senator Byrd and Duke CEO Jim Rogers! As they say on the countdown to Monday Night Football, “Come On, Man!”

The attack on EPA’s current Clean Air Act authority could have been written by Sarah Palin.

Don’t we deserve something better?

Something better is now on the table -- a bipartisan initiative from Senators Maria Cantwell and Susan Collins. Their plan, which would require polluters to pay for the right to pollute, and then return most of the revenue to taxpayers, is both climate friendly and consumer friendly.

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