In the meantime, political support for clean energy and climate legislation continues to build. Last week, Senators John Kerry (D-MA) and Lindsey Graham (D-SC) joined with Senator Joe Lieberman (I-CT) to announce that they are going to be working on a dual-track to move legislation through the Senate toward the 60 votes needed for passage. They also met with several senior members of Obama's administration, demonstrating high-level engagement coming from both of these branches of government.
The goal of the meetings was to begin fleshing out concepts that Senators Kerry and Graham unveiled in their game-changing Op Ed in the New York Times-- the one that exhibited bold bipartisan leadership.
The fact that the White House got involved at this stage of the bill shows once again that clean energy and climate legislation is a top priority for this administration.
Now the best of Senators Graham and Kerry’s ideas can be married with the Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act to create a bi-partisan bill that the Senate will pass.
That is precisely the kind of unified leadership we need right now. As I explain in my new book, Clean Energy Common Sense [Link: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/fbeinecke/can_common_sense_spur_an_energ.html], global climate change is more than an environmental challenge. It is an economic, humanitarian, and moral challenge.
I believe Democrats and Republicans alike have a real chance to lead here, to look ahead and show us the way to a brighter future. This isn’t the time for political treatises or partisan screeds. It is the time for common sense, straight talk and smart solutions.