McWavering: What’s the Deal-Breaker for Lieberman-Warner?

Här kommer mera om debatten inför senatens diskussion nu på måndag av the Lieberman-Warner Climate Security Act – S. 2191. Här handlar det om John McCain wheeling and dealing.

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May 29, 2008, 2:47 pm

McWavering: What’s the Deal-Breaker for Lieberman-Warner?

Posted by Jeffrey Ball

Stephen Power, in Washington, and Laura Meckler, on the McCain campaign trail, report:

Is Sen. John McCain preparing to vote against historic global-warming legislation?

That’s one of the subplots swirling on Capitol Hill as the U.S. Senate prepares to take up a measure next week sponsored by Senators Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut and John Warner of Virginia that seeks to cut greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. by roughly 70% by 2050.

Although Sen. McCain has partnered with Sen. Lieberman on similar bills over the years, his stance on the current bill is a mystery. On Wednesday-as he has several times in recent weeks-Sen. McCain hinted to reporters that he might withhold support for the measure unless it’s amended to include greater incentives for nuclear power, a potential deal breaker for many Democrats.

”We’re never going to really significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions unless nuclear power is a major component of” U.S. energy supply, Sen. McCain told reporters Wednesday. Nuclear energy currently accounts for around 20% of the country’s electric power supply. He added that he’s ”been disappointed so far” that the bill doesn’t provide ”a robust and serious addressing of the issue of nuclear power.”

”I know that’s not the most popular position, but that has to be in it, and I will make a judgment accordingly as the legislative process goes forward,” he added.

Exactly what Sen. McCain wants in the way of new incentives for nuclear energy is unclear. The existing bill contains some implicit goodies for nuclear power, such as a fund that sets aside money for the development of ”clean” energies that emit little or no carbon. An aide to the senator said he’s seeking support ”consistent with” an earlier bill that would have directed hundreds of millions of dollars to the design of new nuclear plants. At a recent press conference, however, Sen. McCain said he’s not seeking ”subsidies,” but rather ”a way to expedite the licensing and installation process of nuclear power plants across this country.”

Sen. Lieberman, a close friend of Sen. McCain who is backing the Arizonan’s presidential campaign, was coy when asked recently by Environmental Capital what his old friend wants. The Connecticut senator’s aides have been trying to entice the Arizonan by drafting amendments that would help the nuclear industry without touching third rails like waste or additional funding for new plants. One example: educational grants for new nuclear engineers to replace the industry’s aging workforce.

”I’m confident in the end he’ll vote for it,” Sen. Lieberman said.

Sen. McCain’s position on the climate-change bill is being closely watched by both opponents and supporters of the measure, partly because of his new role as the Republican Party’s presumptive presidential nominee and because of his efforts to distance himself on the issue from President Bush. Although the senator told an audience in Oregon this month that ”the facts of global warming demand our urgent attention, especially in Washington,” he told reporters this week that he doesn’t actually plan to attend Monday’s procedural vote on whether to go forward on a debate of the bill. That means he may not have to take a position on the measure; if enough opponents of the bill vote to cut off debate on Monday, the measure could die a quick death.

”I have not been there for a number of votes,” Sen. McCain told reporters yesterday in Los Angeles, referring to other votes he’s missed while campaigning. ”The same thing happened in the campaign of 2000. The people of Arizona understand that I’m running for president of the United States.”

Sen. McCain isn’t the only presidential candidate expected to miss Monday’s floor debate; spokespersons for Senators Barack Obama of Illinois and Hillary Clinton of New York say their bosses aren’t likely to attend either.

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