Senate Democrats announced Thursday they have all but given up trying to get the required 60 votes needed to
vote break the Republican filibuster on a comprehensive climate bill that would address greenhouse gas emissions:
Instead, Democrats will push for a more limited bill that would seek to increase liability costs that oil companies would pay following spills such as the one in the Gulf of Mexico and would create additional incentives for the development of natural gas vehicles and provide rebates to people who buy products that reduce home energy use. They did not release details of the proposal, but Senate Democrats said they expected to find GOP support and pass it in the next two weeks.
Just a reminder dems: if you don't act you still have made a choice. Check out recent federal energy subsidies. Note that tax breaks for fossil fuels alone, where most GHGs come from, are greater than all other federal energy subsidies combined. Image courtesy of the Environmental Law Institute (Detail .pdf), used with permission.