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The bill won’t pass even if we withdraw troops – there’s a lack of any support in the
senate from republicans and democrats.
, McClatchy Newspapers Renee Schoof, Mcclatchy Newspapers
, 7:23 pm ET
Bowing a lack of support, Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid on Thursday said there'd be no vote
this summer on a bill that would put the nation's first limits on the carbon pollution responsible for global warming.
If we wait to pass the climate bill in hand to pass troop withdrawal and get
republican’s on its side then the climate bills will never pass and will become the bill
that dares not speak its name.
Jul 21, 20
8:15 AM EDT
“Climate Bill, R.I.P.” Tim Dickinson is a political correspondent for Rolling Stone magazine and author of
Rollingstone.com's political blog, National Affairs Daily. He covered the Obama campaign for Rolling Stone, and one of his articles -- "The Machinery of Hope" --
was anthologized in The Best American Political Writing 2008 (Public Affairs). He has also written for Outside, Wired, and San Francisco magazines and was an
editor for 6 years at Mother Jones. He is a frequent commentator on CNN, MSNBC, and National Public Radio.
despite having a climate bill in hand, the White House decided to put its muscle into passing health care reform.
Emanuel promised climate advocates that the administration would return to global warming in early 2010. By then,
however, the drawn-out fight for health care was on life support, and Democrats no longer held a 60-vote edge in the
The momentum on climate legislation had been squandered. "It's a shame, because the window really was 2009," Pooley says. "It wasn't going to be
easy, but if you don't even try, you're not going to get it done – and they didn't even try."
By waiting until after the health care fight, the
Obama administration also allowed the energy industry and its conservative allies to mobilize their troops and hone
their anti-climate rhetoric. Taking a page from the "death panel" lies, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and energy-
funded groups like Americans for Prosperity waged an all-out campaign against the climate bill, indelibly branding
common-sense penalties on climate polluters as "taxes." With no one making an effective pitch for economy-wide
carbon limits, "cap and trade" quickly became the bill that dare not speak its name.