Gawker
Date: 2010-06-18
Author: Jim Newell

Article Mentions
Author, Jim Newell
Mentioned, John Heilemann
Mentioned, Marc Ambinder
Mentioned, The Atlantic
Many liberals were upset with Barack Obama for not using Tuesday's Oval Office address to pressure the Senate into passing a cap-and-trade system or carbon tax. But may he have a "secret plan" in the works, as some are suggesting? The Senate does not have the votes to price carbon right now. This is pretty inflexible, and it's why Obama chose not to build up false hope that could blow back and endanger any energy bill. A bill with the dreaded "cap-and-tax" would crush the possibility of convincing a few moderate Republicans to vote for it, leaving 59 Democratic votes to work with (and plenty of Democratic senators don't want to take that vote, either). So at best, it would come one vote short of breaking a filibuster. (The Senate is a horri...(read more)
... Many liberals were upset with Barack Obama for not using Tuesday's Oval Office address to pressure the Senate into passing a cap-and-trade system or carbon tax. But may he have a "secret plan" in the works, as some are suggesting? The Senate does not ...
... actually existing? Here's Heilemann: The hard-eyed political read on Obama's stance was that, in effect, he was declaring cap-and-trade dead in the Senate. And that may be true. But an equally cynical assessment is that the White House is hewing to ...


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