Snowe Skeptical Utility-Only Climate Bill Can Pass

Tuesday, July 13, 2010 at 4:17 pm

Despite efforts by her staff to work with key Democrats on a utility-only climate bill, Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) is raising serious doubts that such a proposal can pass this year.

Speaking to reporters in the Capitol today, Snowe said, “That’s still an open question as to whether or not you can even accomplish [a utility-only bill] and achieve the kind of consensus necessary.” A better near-term option, Snowe said, is to pass a bill that focuses on “an energy plan with efficiency and conservation and renewables and perhaps from that you can reach the point of addressing utility-only as a possibility.”

For her part, Snowe said she has been “raising the idea” of a utility-only bill for months and acknowledged “talking” with Sens. John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.) about crafting a so-called “utility first” bill.

TWI today obtained a months-old draft of a utility-only bill authored by Sen. Jeff Bingaman’s (D-N.M.) staff with input from Snowe’s office.

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Comment posted July 13, 2010 @ 8:42 pm

Another case of republicans'strategy of sabotaging everything and then blaming the Democrats for failing to fix anything. UGH!
If they would even stop filibustering every bill, that would be an improvement. WHY IS THEIR REFUSAL TO ALLOW THE MAJORITY TO EVEN VOTE NOT A DERELICTION OF DUTY AND A VIOLATION OF THEIR OATH OF OFFICE???

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because what the democrats are doing is going to ruin this country and RAISE MY ELECTRIC BILL. I can barely afford it now!!!!! Not only electricity but it will raise the price of EVERYTHING that uses electricity!!!! Bread, meat, milk, anything that uses electricity in it's manufacture will go UP because the cost of producing it will go UP. Get this man out of office NOW!!! Can we just have another presidential election this year instead of waiting until 2012 to kick him out. It is already a done deal anyway, the man is a one term president. We can have the election this year on the basis of he is basically an idiot.

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