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Lieberman-Warner Legislation Off Senate Floor

June 6, 2008 10:16 AM | Posted by Patrick Greissing | Topic(s): Federal Policy/Programs, Lieberman-Warner

This morning, the Senate held a cloture vote on the Lieberman-Warner legislation.  The vote failed to garner enough support to move forward on a limited debate of the bill.  What could have been a historic debate on climate change legislation ended up burning out before it even got started.  It appears the historic debate on climate change legislation will have to wait until the next administration is in office.

Senate Debate on L-W to End Soon?

June 5, 2008 11:05 AM | Posted by Patrick Greissing | Topic(s): Federal Policy/Programs, Lieberman-Warner

Following yesterday's nine hour reading of the Lieberman-Warner legislation, Sen. Reid (D-NV) decided to "fill the tree" and limit the debate and amendments on the bill.  It appears that Sen. Reid will call for a cloture vote and virtually end the debate on the bill with no debate over the amendments.  The legislation could be off the Senate floor by the end of the week.

Lieberman-Warner Debate Stalled

June 4, 2008 4:44 PM | Posted by Patrick Greissing | Topic(s): Federal Policy/Programs, Lieberman-Warner

As the Lieberman-Warner debate returned to the Senate floor this afternoon, it was thought that actual debate on the bill would begin.  However, due to the final substitute amendment reaching many Senators this morning and—according to some—a dispute over judicial nominees, the debate has yet to begin.  At 4:30 this afternoon, the clerk is still reading the entire substitute amendment and has not even reached the halfway point.  At this rate, it is quite possible that Sen. Reid (D-NV) will use his authority to "fill the tree" or at least keep amendments to a minimum as the debate continues.

Lieberman-Warner Debate to Last Until Next Week

June 4, 2008 10:30 AM | Posted by Patrick Greissing | Topic(s): Federal Policy/Programs, Lieberman-Warner

After two days of initial debate that have yet to include any amendments offered, it appears the debate on the Lieberman-Warner legislation will not last past the end of next week, according to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.  Earlier yesterday, he had said, "I want to be patient and try to get as much done as soon as we can. If we arrive at a point where we're just wasting our time, we will have to figure out something else."  But by the evening his tone had changed. 

Republican Senators plan to offer many amendments that would be quickly met by opposition.  The Center for American Progress has begun circulating a list of over 70 amendments that they expect the Republicans to offer.  Many of the amendments focus on nuclear energy and rising gas and energy prices.

White House Issues Statement of Administration Policy

June 3, 2008 10:26 AM | Posted by Patrick Greissing | Topic(s): Federal Policy/Programs, Lieberman-Warner

Yesterday, the White House issued a Statement of Administration Policy (SAP) regarding the Boxer Substitute Amendment to the Lieberman-Warner Climate Security Act (S.3036).  The SAP declares that, if it were to reach the President's desk, S.3036 would be vetoed for a variety of reasons.  The SAP outlines the White House's view of the right way and the "wrong way" to approach legislation that would reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  The White House views S.3036 as generally reflecting the "wrong way" because the bill, according to the White House, would, amongst other things:           

-sharply raise the price of gas, raise taxes or demand drastic emissions cuts that have no chance of being realized and every chance of hurting our economy; 
-leave limitations on nuclear power generation and waste disposal unaddressed; and
-establish unrealistic timeframes for massively restructuring the economy that assume the use of technologies not yet developed or demonstrated to be economically feasible.

 In addition, the White House believes that, if enacted, S.3036 would impose excessive regulatory costs; implement a tax and spend system because the bill raises funds by (and spends the funds raised by) the government auction of emission allowances; expand mandatory spending irresponsibly; create new bureaucracies; risk trade conflicts because of newly imposed tariffs; and create other legal problems related to international relations, legislative oversight of executive functions, and prevailing wage requirements. 

 To view the SAP go to:

Floor Debate Begins This Week

June 2, 2008 10:35 AM | Posted by Patrick Greissing | Topic(s): Federal Policy/Programs, Energy Policy, Lieberman-Warner

The Senate floor debate on the Lieberman-Warner legislation (S.3036) is set to begin this week.  The actual debate on the bill and amendments will most likely begin on Wednesday, and is expected to last anywhere from one to three weeks.  Sen. Majority Leader Reid (D-NV) is still undecided on whether he will use the option of "filling the tree," which would block Senators from introducing amendments that the bill's sponsors do not want debated.  In the end it appears the bill will pass, but it will fall a few votes short of receiving the 60 votes required to prevent a filibuster.

 To view the bill, go to

Boxer Releases New Climate Bill

May 21, 2008 4:53 PM | Posted by Patrick Greissing | Topic(s): Federal Policy/Programs, Alternative Technologies, Lieberman-Warner

Today, Senator Boxer released the latest version of the "Lieberman-Warner Climate Security Act of 2008."  There are multiple changes, compared to the earlier version of the bill, that Sen. Boxer believes will help win additional votes during the floor debate in early June.  The new plan includes an $800 billion tax break due to increasing energy prices.  It also includes an "emergency off-ramp" for carbon trading to limit the economic impacts.  As relates to carbon capture and storage, the bill would establish the "Carbon Capture and Storage Technology Fund."  It will use those funds to generate a kick start program for the early deployment of CCS in the United States.  Sec. X Subtitle C amends the SDWA to promulgate regulations for "avoiding, to the maximum extent practicable, and quantifying any release of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, and for ensuring protection of underground sources of drinking water, human health, and the environment."  The bill would also establish a task force to conduct a study for long term liability factors no later than six months after enactment.

Lieberman-Warner Substitute Amendment

May 19, 2008 4:11 PM | Posted by Patrick Greissing | Topic(s): Federal Policy/Programs, Carbon Capture & Storage/Sequestration, Lieberman-Warner

As global warming legislation is ready to hit the Senate Floor in roughly two weeks, a substitute amendment is going to be released this week.  A copy of the summary of the substitute amendment addresses coal and carbon capture and sequestration in section X.  Section X, subtitle A calls for an early delivery of funding for CCS thanks to delays in projects such as FutureGen.  It would allocate $15.7 billion for CCS funding.  Sec. X, subtitle B attempts to accelerate the deployment of CCS by providing bonus allowances for the geological sequestration of CO2.  Finally Sec. X, subtitle C attempts to address the legal framework of CCS, by "ensuring the regulation of underground CO2 storage and pipelines."


Hearing on Economic Effects of Lieberman-Warner

May 19, 2008 9:26 AM | Posted by Patrick Greissing | Topic(s): Federal Policy/Programs, Lieberman-Warner

Tomorrow, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will hold a hearing to discuss the economic effects of the Lieberman-Warner legislation.  Many different organizations have offered up an analysis of the bill, including the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Energy Information Administration (EIA), Congressional Budget Office (CBO), Congressional Research Service (CRS), National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and the National Mining Association (NMA), among others.  At the hearing, members of the CRS, EIA, EPA and CBO will testify.

Inhofe Releases White Paper on Lieberman-Warner

May 15, 2008 11:37 AM | Posted by Patrick Greissing | Topic(s): Federal Policy/Programs, Litigation, Lieberman-Warner

Sen. Inhofe (R-OK), ranking member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, released a white paper today detailing the potential negative impacts of the Lieberman-Warner bill becoming law.  In a press release concerning his white paper, Inhofe says, "It seems unlikely that, as American families face harsh economic times, any Senator would dare stand on the Senate Floor three weeks from now and vote in favor of significantly increasing the price of gas at the pump and legislation that would cost millions of American jobs.”  The white paper takes into account the recent government and private sector analyses of the bill, and points out the negative impact the bill would have on GDP, job loss and an increase in energy prices, as well as an increase in gas prices.  On top of releasing the white paper, Sen. Inhofe created a website that is dedicated to the negative impacts of the legislation.  The website is:

To view the white paper, go to: