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Shocker: Dems Cave To Boxer On Coal

From an amazed Politico:

Critics warm to Boxer’s climate role

By: Lisa Lerer
October 27, 2009

For months, Senate aides, lobbyists and environmentalists have fretted that Barbara Boxer’s abrasive legislative style would tank the climate bill.

But when the California Democrat finally released a 923-page climate change bill late Friday, some of her harshest critics admitted that she had gotten it right. She did it by negotiating with coal state senators and ceding some of the limelight to Sens. John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), all while holding the line with liberal special interests.

Boxer “has been very good in terms of reaching out to members on the committee and folks off the committee, asking what our concerns and needs are and trying to be responsive to those,” said Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), the leader of a group of coal state Democrats working on the bill. “With respect to coal, Sen. Boxer has been fair, Sen. Kerry has been fair, and my hope is we’ve gotten closer to what people need.”

At a celebratory Chinese food dinner two weeks ago, liberal and moderate Democrats shared plates of kung pao chicken and praised Boxer’s ability to be more of a deal cutter and less of an ideologue on climate change.

The “Kumbaya” moment could not have come at a better time for Boxer, as she has faced doubts about her powers as chairwoman of the Environment and Public Works Committee while preparing for a tough reelection battle back in California.

“There’s more urgency, obviously more tension because it comes much closer to the reality of being,” said Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), a member of the committee.

Boxer’s decision to help fund clean coal technologies and set emissions cuts at 20 percent kick-starts the Senate climate change debate in earnest, as the committee begins a series of hearings Tuesday on her legislation

“We view this as a regional issue more than a moderate-vs.-progressive issue,” Boxer said

“The initial strategy of the coal states was to produce funding up front that would not necessary have to be spent on carbon capture technology, so that was not acceptable,” said Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.).

But Boxer made clear that coal interests would be included in the bill, a fact some of the more liberal members of the committee will readily acknowledge.

“There are folks who would say, ‘Well, let’s just shut down coal-powered plants.’ That is not going to happen,” said Merkley. “You are not going to have 60 votes in the Senate to shut down coal.”

On Sept. 26, just four days before Boxer’s initial legislation was released publicly, the coal deal was stripped out of the bill, according to aides to moderate members.

Committee members received final copies of legislation just hours before it was unveiled at a high-profile news conference, timing that irritated some moderate offices.

The negotiations hit yet another snag less than a week later, when the departure of top committee staffer Joe Goffman caused some moderate aides to question Boxer’s leadership. Goffman, who, as legislative director to Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), helped usher a climate bill through the Senate last year, is well-respected by moderate members for his expertise on environmental legislation.

As this infighting unfolded behind the scenes, Boxer turned to Kerry for public support.

She allowed Kerry to be the lead sponsor of the bill, and he drew Graham, a respected conservative, into the fold by co-authoring a New York Times op-ed pushing for a climate bill. Climate supporters heralded the piece as a “game changer” for the bill.

Suddenly, Kerry and Graham were the public faces of a climate change bill, giving it a bipartisan feel.

Boxer and her staff continued to work behind the scenes, and late last Friday, they reached an agreement that satisfied coal state senators by giving them funding for new technology sooner and included protections that some liberal members say are tougher than those in the House bill.

“My goal is to get every single Democrat,” said Boxer. I’m “very optimistic that will happen.”

So, let’s review.

Ms. Boxer got rid of a Lieberman aide, who was probably the only semi-sane voice in the room. And now she has strong-armed the rest of the Democrats to go along with her plans for destroying the US coal industry.

And she even allowed that they couldn’t shut down all of the coal-powered plants – at least not right away.

Oh, and Ms. Boxer got that famously rock-ribbed conservative, Lindsey Graham, to co-author an editorial for the New York Times with John Kerry (WFIVM).

What statesmanship!

This must be that post-partisan world that Mr. Obama promised us. — Or at least it has a “bipartisan feel,” which we guess is close enough for government work.

And, after all, ‘feelings’ are all that matter.

(By the way, note that every quote in this article is from a Democrat. That is what the Politico means by ‘bi-partisan.’)

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, October 27th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

16 Responses to “Shocker: Dems Cave To Boxer On Coal”

  1. proreason says:

    Lindsay Graham will pay for his defection to the warmist criminals.

  2. Enthalpy says:

    Regardless of Mrs. Boxer’s concessions, the essence of her bill and climate change in general remain bs.

  3. U NO HOO says:

    There is no global climate change.

    Obama, are you reading this?

  4. dodgeboy27 says:

    Notice she didn’t say she didn’t WANT to close down the coal industry, just that she wouldn’t be able to get the votes to do it. We are so screwed. The sad part is the American people elected these numbskulls and they are using their election as proof that the American people want to destroy the economy and become subserviant to our all-powerful govt masters.

  5. Liberals Demise says:

    What a bunch of bullshiite!
    I notice the hero Kerry has her back.
    Again …. hiding behind a skirt!!

    (I wish I could print how I really feel about this fake and phony wussy)

  6. 12 Gauge Rage says:

    There are some places in the U.S. where coal is the only plentiful, economical source of fuel for heat, not to mention employment for the people that live there. Why our government would want to deny our people their comfort and livelihood continues to astound me. I suppose it’s like a nagging, intruding disciplinarian relative who says they’re doing this all for our own good.

    • proreason says:

      It doesn’t have anything to do with comfort and livelihood.

      They don’t care about that, except that depriving us of those things makes us more dependent on them.

      It’s about power. Power first, power second, power third, and power fourth.

      Power so total that they will be like the emperors of old and Stalinists they envy.

      They’ve had enough of this little experiment with democracy and freedom.

    • Enthalpy says:

      12, these people have seething contempt for all of us who oppose them. They, and those who have preceded them in the past century plus have killed millions of human beings in an attempt to implement their world view. To them, the Masses are asses; they always have been and always will be. They have always used the “people.” Pro is correct, as he most often is, to say that this is only about power. Before this is said and done, people must wake up to the pure evil they represent. Make no mistake, they are evil and unless we accept this truth and act on it, we will not be successful in stopping them. They are not what they have led many of us to believe.

  7. 12 Gauge Rage says:

    PR, it’s like our country is going full circle back into it’s beginning. Alexander Hamilton believed in a strong controlling government led by an educated, affluent ruling class, should lead America. Thomas Jefferson favored a smaller government led by the common man to plot the country’s course. An aristocracy versus the common rabble. Those in power seek more of it. And more power without fail corrupts everyone. One of us has to go and it ain’t gonna be me.

    • proreason says:

      Full circle is spot on, but why?

      The country has always had a wealthy elite. The “robber barons” of the late 19th century had even more wealth relative to the greater population than Buffet and Gates. And all of the Founding Fathers were educated elitists. But this full-on pitch for statism has really only emerged in the last few years.

      I have to go back to the idea of Communism undermining the country to explain the current phenomenon.

      They have had 3 generations now of brainwashing and it’s really starting to pay off.

      In the very early times of Royal Houses, magic was used to hoodwink the public into thinking the rulers were gods. In the Middle Ages, that morphed into the Divine Right of kings, which worked really well until the Enlightenment and the American Revolution. Then there was a brief period when there was no justification for Absolute Rulers. That is, until Marx came along, and taught the despots that it was easy to trick the people into giving their rights away to revenge themseleves on wealthy people. That worked for about 80 years, but is now discredited as an explicit justification for despotic rule. It didn’t work out that great for Russia and China you know.

      So now we have the Statists, whose magic elixer is the notion that life is too complicated for the common people to manage. Only the superior experstise of the educated elites is enought to protect the poor preyed upon commoners. And all the poor children have to do is give up their freedom forever and sign over everything they have to the beneovlent barkers who will so glad give them the magic elixer of safety and wealth in return.

      And the most magic of magic elixers is offered by the world’s greatest magician, Barack Obamy, a combination of god-man, divine ruler, intellectual Marxist, and unparalleled con man.

  8. dannil says:

    A better message to us u.s. would be a feed at Western Sizzler, or if are rabbit food fanatics, Olive Garden would suffice. Instead, they chose dead chicken from China. Hope they didn’t hurt themselves with chop sticks.

  9. canary says:

    Steve is so excellent and highlighting. (D-Delware) Carper can’t be trusted at all.

  10. patricko says:

    “Those who survived the San Francisco earthquake said, ‘Thank God I’m still alive.’ But of course those who died, their lives will never be the same again.” – Senator Barbara Boxer

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