This is potentially huge: according to this ABC News article,
The U.S. Senate’s top Republican energy bill negotiator, risking a break with the White House over the global warming issue, on Friday said the United States must act to curb heat-trapping greenhouse gases.
Pete Domenici of New Mexico, chairman of the Senate Energy Committee, “is convinced that the science now indicates that climate change is occurring and we need to do something about it,” said his energy advisor Alex Flint. The stance is contrary to the Bush Administration’s opposition to mandatory measures.
Domenici supports recommendations by the National Commission on Energy Policy (NCEP) for a mandatory cap-and-trade system starting in 2010, Flint said.
Now, let me qualify that “huge” statement above. While Domenici’s shift could “change the calculus for Senate action on climate change,” to my knowledge he’s still shepherding that god-awful energy bill through the Senate. And why wait until 2010 to start a cap-and-trade requirement? It’s good to see someone like Domenici going outside of the White House’s do-nothing position, but should we really do something?