May 09, 2010
Passing climate change legislation through the U.S. Congress is a battle of attrition.
In the wake of the tragic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, says Tyson Dyck, many Democrats now refuse to consider provisions for offshore drilling in a U.S. climate bill to win Republican support.
Meanwhile, Senators John Kerry (D-Mass.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.) have postponed the release of their bipartisan climate bill amid an unresolved dispute over immigration reform.
Watching this battle from north of the border, Canadian Environment Minister Jim Prentice has emphasized that a delay in congressional climate policy also means a delay in Canadian climate policy. Rejecting the idea of unilateral Canadian action, Prentice remarked, "It's absolutely counterproductive and utterly pointless at the end of the day for Canada and for Canadian consumers and businesses to strike out, to set and to pursue targets that will ultimately create barriers to trade and put us at a competitive disadvantage."
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