Across the Aisle

Lindsey Graham (R-SC) penned an op-ed with John Kerry in The New York Times this weekend laying out a pathway for a bipartisan deal on climate legislation.

They write,

CONVENTIONAL wisdom suggests that the prospect of Congress passing a comprehensive climate change bill soon is rapidly approaching zero. The divisions in our country on how to deal with climate change are deep. Many Democrats insist on tough new standards for curtailing the carbon emissions that cause global warming. Many Republicans remain concerned about the cost to Americans relative to the environmental benefit and are adamant about breaking our addiction to foreign sources of oil. However, we refuse to accept the argument that the United States cannot lead the world in addressing global climate change. We are also convinced that we have found both a framework for climate legislation to pass Congress and the blueprint for a clean-energy future that will revitalize our economy, protect current jobs and create new ones, safeguard our national security and reduce pollution.

Some of the concessions that are made are to reinvest in nuclear power and onshore and offshore drilling are officially back on the table.

I’ve always said that you would think that an issue such as saving the planet would be easy for both parties to solve. It’s nice to see an effort although I think the overly-general Boxer-Kerry bill still has a way to go before it gets passed.


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