Greenwire (subs. req’d) reports today:
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said yesterday that he would try to bring a global warming bill to the floor before the end of summer, another indication that both sides of Capitol Hill want to send major climate legislation to President Obama during his first year in office.
I continue to believe that is both unlikely and a mistake — tactically and strategically — because “Obama can get a better climate bill in 2010.” Also, given that the Senate bill is going to go through multiple committees and be quite different from the House bill, again I just don’t see how Obama gets a bill on his desk this year (see “Breaking: Sen. Boxer makes clear U.S. won’t pass a climate bill this year“).
If environmental groups are pressuring Congress to move fast, then I think they will themselves share some blame if the bill ends up being weaker than it would have been if team Obama had the chance to move public opinion — something that is quite impossible during the next few months given the current economic collapse — or to get some serious Chinese commitment for action (see “Does a serious bill need action from China?“)