The story notes that Rahm Emanuel “prized victory above all, and he made it clear that, if there weren’t sixty votes to pass the bill in the Senate, the White House would not expend much effort on the matter.”
Later, the piece notes that on climate, Obama “grew timid and gave up, leaving the dysfunctional Senate to figure out the issue on its own.” The bill never came up for a vote.
Kerry’s GOP targets: In addition to Graham (who eventually bailed on the effort) Kerry in April believed the triumvirate could corral four other GOP members to offset defections among centrist Democrats: Susan Collins, Olympia Snowe, Scott Brown, and George LeMieux. The story notes, however, the struggles to bring any of them aboard.
The story is also stuffed with other nice tidbits, such as details on Kerry’s outreach to natural gas advocate T. Boone Pickens, the billionaire oil magnate who backed the infamous Swift Boat campaign that damaged Kerry’s 2004 White House bid; Graham “shouting vulgarities” at Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Reid hanging up on him; and a blow-by-blow description of why and how Graham finally walked away from the bill. Worth a read.
On tap Monday: Top DOE official headlines energy demand event
The American Association for the Advancement of Science holds a panel discussion this evening with speakers including Steve Koonin, who is the Energy Department’s undersecretary for science, and David Goldston, a senior lobbyist with the Natural Resources Defense Council.
UN climate leader sets modest goals for year-end summit
“The U.N. climate chief urged countries Monday to identify achievable goals for fighting climate change ahead of a year-end meeting in Mexico, after last year's Copenhagen summit failed to produce binding limits on greenhouse gas,” the Associated Press reports.
“Christiana Figueres told 3,000 delegates at the opening of a six-day conference in China — the world's biggest carbon emitter — that they must 'accelerate the search for common ground' ahead of December talks in Cancun to make progress toward securing a global climate change treaty."
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