Thursday, May 13, 2010

First Reactions to New Senate Climate Bill

After much rumination and the loss of a co-sponsor, the Kerry-Lieberman (not Graham) comprehensive energy bill finally was released yesterday.  Reactions seem to cover the spectrum.  Initial reactions from the natural gas industry are negative, while the utility industry seems supportive.  Uh-oh. 

Not a good start to what many hoped would be a re-boot of the process started by the much criticized Waxman-Markey bill in the House.

Given the politics of the mid-term elections and the sudden elevation of immigration as a top priority, I am not sure how far the energy bill will progress.  It should be a top priority for our nation, but the Arizona legislature's actions have changed things.  We'll certainly keep a close eye on it, but my hopes have dimmed for real progress.

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