Monday, December 6, 2010

Lame Duck Session - #2450 - Dems to Try Passing Omnibus Environmental Bill in Lame-Duck Session - Hot Air (2) WikiLeaks Cables Reveal How US Manipulated Climate Record - Guardian UK

When voters sent 63 Democrats in the House and six more in the Senate packing in the midterms, the message seemed fairly clear. Voters had become disgusted with the progressive agenda forced through Congress by Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi, spending most of the year taking over the American health-care system while the economy stagnated and unemployment rose to post-WWII records. With the economy stagnating and the tax environment uncertain, and with national debt skyrocketing to crisis levels, the electorate wanted Congress to prioritize and focus on these acute issues. Well, you can’t say that Democrats are inconsistent. Even after getting shellacked in the midterms, Harry Reid will still try to use the remaining time in the 111th Session to tackle his priorities, in part by pushing an omnibus enviro bill through the Senate while stalling on the upcoming tax hikes: Democratic efforts to push through more than 100 public lands and water bills in the lame duck session are reaching a fever pitch, with the recognition this is the last chance many of them have to become law. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has tasked Democratic leaders on at least three committees to come up with a list of bills that could get past a GOP filibuster. …

A potential Democratic package could include more than 100 measures from at least three panels. Energy and Natural Resources has passed 72 public lands bills that are pending on the Senate calendar and there are others the panel has not yet voted on; the Environment and Public Works Committee has so far given more than a dozen bills to be considered; while the Commerce Committee Friday sent over a list of 13 bills.  Read more...........


WikiLeaks Cables Reveal How US Manipulated Climate Record - Guardian UK - Hidden behind the save-the-world rhetoric of the global climate change negotiations lies the mucky realpolitik: money and threats buy political support; spying and cyberwarfare are used to seek out leverage.  The US diplomatic cables reveal how the US seeks dirt on nations opposed to its approach to tackling global warming; how financial and other aid is used by countries to gain political backing; how distrust, broken promises and creative accounting dog negotiations; and how the US mounted a secret global diplomatic offensive to overwhelm opposition to the controversial "Copenhagen accord", the unofficial document that emerged from the ruins of the Copenhagen climate change summit in 2009.  Negotiating a climate treaty is a high-stakes game, not just because of the danger warming poses to civilisation but also because re-engineering the global economy to a low-carbon model will see the flow of billions of dollars redirected.  Read more.......

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