By Andrew Restuccia - 01/11/11 06:26 PM EST
Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) is calling on his fellow lawmakers to pass legislation to invest billions of dollars in transportation and energy technology.
“Now is the moment for America to reach for the brass energy ring — to go for the moon here on earth by building our new energy future,” Kerry said in remarks at the Center for American Progress Tuesday. “This shouldn’t be a partisan issue; but instead of coming together to meet the defining test of a new energy economy and our future, we’re now leaving a political season in which too many candidates promised not to work with the other party.”
Kerry worked for months last year to pass climate legislation in the Senate, but his efforts ultimately failed. He has said he plans to work with other key lawmakers to pass a narrow energy bill this year, though he has recognized that it will be nearly impossible to pass a climate bill.
Alexander Bolton has the full story on Kerry's speech here.