So the House passed an actually-quite-decent energy bill, which would have included an improvement in the CAFE fuel efficiency standards to 35 MPG by 2020. But again, the Senate couldn't get cloture — in spite of getting 53 “yea” votes, the bill dies from another Republican filibuster. So while congratulations are indeed in order for Speaker Pelosi, Ed Markey and even John Dingell in the House … there's a lot of work yet to be done in the Senate.
- John Sununu (R-NH) voted to sustain the filibuster. He's going to get his clock deservedly and thoroughly cleaned in 2008 by Jean Shaheen, turned out by New Hampshirites who actually give a damn about their ski and snowmobile industries, not to mention global catastrophe.
- Judd Gregg (R-NH), I imagine, is also wearing out his welcome among genuinely moderate NH voters. Here's hoping he retires in 2010.
- On the other hand, Susan Collins (R-ME) wisely covered her bases by voting “yea” on cloture. She's still got a ton to answer for, but this was the right vote.
- Petro-crat Evan Bayh (D-IN) and Koal King Robert Byrd (D-WV) voted against cloture. Bayh for VP? Are you kidding me?
So what does this mean to the conferees in Bali, working on the next international climate change agreement? Does this say that the United States Congress is serious about global warming, or does it say that there's no hope without a 60-vote supermajority — therefore no hope at all?
Sen. Kerry jetted off to Bali yesterday for a very short period, apparently to remind everyone that the Bush era is almost over. (More coverage here.) Tonight his online coordinator Terri Buchman will be ducking in to this thread, so if you have anything to say about this, hold forth in the comments.