Global Warming Vote on Snowy Day in Washington
Nothing inspires taking on the âplanetary emergencyâ of global warming like the first snow of the winter in Washington, D.C.
As two inches of snow accumulated outside the U.S. Capitol, the Senateâs Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee debated âhistoricâ global warming legislation sponsored by Sens. John Warner (R.-Va.) and Joe Lieberman (I.-Conn.).
âWe look around right now and see the snow on the trees â standing out here and say âWhere is global warming when you need it?ââ Sen. James Inhofe (R.-Okla.) said to the Business & Media Institute.
That would work out to $494 a year from every man, woman and child â more than 303 million Americans â a significant burden on the U.S. economy.
Inhofe, the ranking Republican on the EPW Committee, said he was optimistic the bill wouldnât make it into law, despite overwhelming support from committee members.
âWeâre in there, itâs going to be marked up and then passed out right on party lines,â Inhofe said. âThe thing I think that will kill this will be the same thing that killed the McCain-Lieberman bill two years ago and that is this constitutes â or that bill constituted â a tax increase 10 times greater than the Clinton-Gore tax increase of 1993. Now this is far greater than that, and yet thereâs really no guaranteed benefits from it.â