Climate Bill In Trouble After Sen. Graham Abandons Negotiations

Besides health care reform, one of the most pressing issues on Obama’s agenda has been to pass a comprehensive climate and energy bill.

Although early drafts of the bill have been criticized as being “too industry friendly” and ignoring the issue of climate change completely, many feel that if some sort of national regulation isn’t passed this year, it may never be passed at all.

Now that possibility has become even more uncertain, as the New York Times reports that Senator Lindsey Graham (R – SC), one of the key architects of the tripartisan bill, has issued an angry protest over what he says are Democratic plans to give priority to a debate over immigration policy, and has refused to participate in any further negotiations on the bill.

Many immigration reform activists were shocked when just days ago Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed a controversial bill requiring the police to ask people about their immigration status if officers have any reason to suspect they are in the country illegally.

Senators Kerry (D – MA) and Lieberman (I – CT) had excitedly planned to announce the new climate legislation Monday morning, but have postponed those plans indefinitely following Sen. Graham’s decision.

In his letter to his two colleagues, Mr. Graham said that he was troubled by reports that the Senate Democratic leader, Harry Reid  of Nevada, and the White House were planning to take up an immigration measure before the energy bill.

Mr. Graham said that any Senate debate on the highly charged subject of illegal immigration would make it impossible to deal with the difficult issues involved in national energy and global warming policy (NY Times).

Graham’s involvement on the climate bill was significant, and he was expected to be a bridge for garnering Republican support on the measure, as well as on immigration policy.

Many had hoped that the U.S. Climate Bill would be able to accomplish what the dissapointing Copenhagen conference and countless other global warming summits have failed to do: create strict regulations for the country’s worst industrial polluters, and establish national recognition of climate change as a global crisis.

This latest news might represent the nail in the already weakened climate bill’s coffin, however. Sen. Kerry said that work on the climate bill will be suspended until Sen. Graham was prepared to reenter the discussion, and no one knows when or even if that will happen.

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Daniel M.
Past Member 5 years ago

Planting only 6 percent of the continental United States with biomass crops such as hemp would supply all current domestic demands for oil and gas.
Did you know the average American spends 33 of 40 working hours to support their need for energy? It's true; 80 percent of the total monetary living expense for everything we do is ultimately wrapped up in energy costs; from the energy it takes to make the food we eat, to fuel for the cars we drive, to the manufacturing, storage and transportation of the products we buy. And 80 percent of solid and airborne pollution in our environment can be blamed on fossil energy sources. It is estimated that America has already exhausted 80 percent of its fossil fuel reserves.
Industrial hemp is the number one biomass producer on earth, meaning an actual contender for an economically competitive, clean burning fuel. Hemp has four times the biomass and cellulose potential and eight times the methanol potential of its closest competing crop - corn. Burning coal and oil are the greatest sources of acid rain; biomass fuels burn clean and contain no sulphur and produce no ash during combustion. The cycle of growing and burning biomass crops keeps the world s carbon dioxide level at perfect equilibrium, which means that we are less likely to experience the global climactic changes (greenhouse effect) brought about by excess carbon dioxide and water vapors after burning fossil fuels.


Daniel M.
Past Member 5 years ago

1) The decision of the United States Congress to pass the 1937 Marihuana Tax Act was based in part on testimony derived from articles in newspapers owned by William Randolph Hearst, who, some authorsTemplate:Http:// stress, had significant financial interests in the forest industry, which manufactured his newsprint.
2) Hemp paper threatened DuPont's monopoly on the necessary chemicals for manufacturing paper from trees and hemp fiber cloth would compete with Nylon, a synthetic fibre, that was patented in 1938, the year hemp was made illegal It is often asserted in pro-cannabis publications that DuPont actively supported the criminalization of the production of hemp in the US in 1937 through private and government intermediates, and alleged that this was done to eliminate hemp as a source of fiber—one of DuPont's biggest markets at the time. DuPont denies allegations that it influenced hemp regulation.

3)Hemp for Victory is a black-and-white United States government film made during World War II, explaining the uses of hemp, encouraging farmers to grow as much as possible.


Daniel M.
Past Member 5 years ago

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We, the Concerned Citizens of America, respectfully request that the leading organizations for preserving nature and the environment, promoting alternative fuel sources, and climate change awareness, take a stand and unite in the pursuit to end the Federal ban on Hemp.

The Gulf of Mexico - Oil Disaster is a Wake-Up Call that America needs to embrace and develop an alternative to oil as a fuel source. The time has come to look to our past, for what is the most viable source of energy from the most resourceful plant, that was so foolishly banned by an act of ignorance. The plant that was grown since the first settlers arrived in Jamestown and revered by our Founding Fathers who praised it as a wonder of nature.

"Make the most you can of the Indian Hemp seed and sow it everywhere." George Washington

"Hemp is of first necessity to the wealth & protection of the country." Thomas Jefferson

The issue of hemp?s true potential has been virtually ignored by the mainstream media but if one does a search on the Internet, a

Pete C.
Pete C.5 years ago

sound like dems want to get votes instead of deal with energy.

Chas d.
Chas d.5 years ago

Republicans should be Fossilized they think like Fossils!

Alison A.
Alison A.5 years ago

Thanks for posting.

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