Brian Beutler is liveblogging the markup session for the big-time Lieberman-Warner climate change bill. Remarkably, Bernie Sanders now may be on board, since there's now language that the $300 billion in pollution-permit auction proceeds is dedicated to "sustainable energy".
Now, the GOP Senators are bravely, valiantly trying to kill this thing with amendments — so far they're failing. And if it comes to the floor, it may well be held up by filibuster threat; and if it passes, Bush will veto. So what's the point?
Well, one would hope this is a signal to the other participants at the Bali Climate talks (happening this week and next) that the US is serious about climate change. If other countries understand that the US is poised to get in the game when we have a non-troglodyte President and Congress, that puts a heavy hand on the playing table. So that's good.
And in fact, if may be doubly necessary because of the administration's own skullduggery:
US Seeks Alliance with China and India to Block Climate Protection
By Gregor Peter Schmitz in Washington, D.C.
Officially, the US government says it wants to push in Bali for a climate protection "road map." But SPIEGEL ONLINE has learned that this may not be true. US government officials are already attempting to coordinate with China and India to prevent binding emissions limits.
I just can't be shocked anymore. (HT: The Plank.)