A group of bi-partisan group of senators met with President Obama on Tuesday to discuss the proposed climate bill. After the meeting, Senators John Kerry and Joe Lieberman said that they were prepared to scale back the bill to in exchange for Republican support. While the exact details of the bill were not divulged, the shift in position includes a middle of the road compromise on how carbon will be taxed.
The president has insisted that the bill include a price on the carbon emissions. Leaving the meeting, Republicans declared they would not accept a "national energy tax."
Passing this climate bill is crucial, but too much compromise will undermine its very purpose. It's important that Obama use his pulpit to educate to pressure Congress into a bill that does not compromise the inherent goal of drastically reducing emissions and forming a renewable energy infrastructure.
- Mitchell Flexo