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Sen. Kerry makes his case for an energy bill

The Senate energy bill to cap carbon emissions is flawed and in trouble, but Kerry makes some important points about the bill he coauthored with Sen. Joe Lieberman.

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With all the nervousness about possible conflict on the Korean Peninsula, one might have expected Sen. John Kerry to zero in on this topic at a Monitor breakfast with reporters this week. After all, he’s the DemocratsMr. Foreign Policy and he chairs the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.

Nope. It was energy, energy, energy for most of the eggs and bacon discussion. That’s because the Democrat from Massachusetts is also co-writer of the energy bill, the American Power Act. The bill that he and Independent Sen. Joe Lieberman crafted would cap carbon emissions and invest in alternatives to oil and coal, but it’s in deep trouble.

For starters, it appears to be sinking in the oily waters of the Gulf. Instead of the BP spill spurring on the bill’s push for alternative fuels, it’s slowing down progress because of the legislation’s provision to expand offshore oil drilling – a deal made to secure backing from the oil industry.

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