By Jim Snyder - 12/14/09 08:36 PM EST
Sen. John Kerry, the lead author of the Senate climate bill, will give an address in Copenhagen on Wednesday.
Kerry’s office said the speech will “highlight critical steps toward combating the climate crisis as well as outline America’s commitment to reducing pollution through comprehensive legislation from the United States Congress early next spring."
Kerry (D-Mass.), the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has emerged this Congress as the Senate lead in the difficult negotiations to craft a bill to curb carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions. He and Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.) are looking to craft some sort of compromise that can attract 60 votes.
The three discussed a framework last week that included a 17 percent emissions reduction by 2020 relative 2005 levels.