From a scientific perspective, the deal Waxman made with the aggies is not optimal. From the perspective of consequences in the real world, however, I just don’t see how this deal changes any of the major outcomes of the bill much, if at all.
UPDATE: I’ve added comments on the deal from Dr. Michael MacCracken, a top U.S. climate scientist.
E&E News (subs. req’d) reports on what it took to secure the farm vote:
Two powerful House Democratic committee chairmen announced terms of a deal this evening on a comprehensive global warming bill, paving the way for a vote later this week.
Agriculture Chairman Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) told reporters today he would vote for the House climate bill — and bring dozens of rural lawmakers with him — after Energy and Commerce Chairman Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) agreed to make a number of concessions that had drawn the ire of farm state members….
“We have something that I think works for agriculture,” Peterson said. “We have a couple of areas that may get resolved down the line, but I think we have a meeting of the minds about where we are generally headed.”
Like the bill as a whole, the deal is imperfect. But in the real world, I think the compromises are unlikely to have much if any overall impact on the bill’s key outcomes. Let me start with the deal on the life-cycle analysis of biofuels: