03 Apr 2009 The New Byrd-Hagel
The Senate has voted 89-8 to oppose cap-and-trade if it raises electricity or gasoline prices.
Of course, cap-and-trade would raise electricity and gasoline prices, so the Senate has effectively just gone on record 89-8 against cap-and-trade.
In 1997, the Senate voted 95-0 for the Byrd-Hagel Resolution, which opposed the adoption of any climate treaty that exempted developing nations. As the Kyoto global warming treaty exempted developing nations, Byrd-Hagel was seen as a signal that the Senate would not ratify Kyoto. As a result, though then-Vice President Al Gore signed the Kyoto Treaty on behalf of the United States, the Clinton-Gore Administration never submitted it to the Senate for ratification.
Will Senator John Thune (R-SD)’s amendment be the new Byrd-Hagel? Not without continuing hard work by those of us who don’t want electricity and gasoline prices to rise in a wasteful and expensive effort to enrich a handful of businesses and wage a futile effort to control the planet’s climate…
…but it definitely has possibilities.
Hat tip: Roger Pielke, Jr. on Prometheus.