Saturday, December 05, 2009

Kerry Unveils Foreign Relations' Contribution to Senate Climate Bill

Kerry Unveils Foreign Relations' Contribution to Senate Climate Bill: The New York Times

Senate Foreign Relations Chairman John Kerry (D-Mass.) introduced global warming legislation yesterday that he said will serve as the "foundation" of the U.S. financial package headed into U.N.-sponsored negotiations next week in Copenhagen.

The 81-page bill (pdf) would authorize programs associated with the U.S. contribution to a new global climate change agreement, including adaptation, deployment of clean energy technologies and reducing deforestation and forest degradation.

The bill represents the Foreign Relations Committee's entry to the broader climate proposal being crafted by Kerry and Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.). Five other committees are also expected to contribute ideas to the overall package, including Agriculture, Commerce, Energy and Natural Resources, Environment and Public Works, and Finance.

Kerry's bill steers funding and technical assistance to help developing countries keep their forests standing and participate in global carbon markets. Through the forestry programs, the bill sets a goal for reducing emissions by at least 720 million tons of carbon dioxide equivalent in 2020 -- with a cumulative target of 6 billion tons by 2025. ...

U.N. climate chief Yvo de Boer earlier this week said he is looking to the world's wealthy nations in Copenhagen to pledge about $10 billion in aid over the next three years for developing nations to help them deploy clean energy technologies and curb emissions from deforestation, and for adaptation. Obama administration officials have said they are likely to commit about $1.3 billion this year toward that pot, reflective of the annual budget and appropriations process.

Over the long term, de Boer said developed countries should expect to contribute about $100 billion annually, though he said the meeting in Copenhagen did not need to reach consensus on those figures. Both the House-passed climate bill (H.R. 2454 (pdf)) and Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (S. 1733 (pdf)) include emission allocations worth several hundred billion dollars over the four-decade lifetime of the program, though it is still far from clear if the legislation will make it to President Obama's desk and become law.

Several groups off the Hill released statements praising the Kerry-led proposal, including the U.N. Foundation, Natural Resources Defense Council, OxFam America, the Nature Conservancy, Business Council for Sustainable Energy, Center for Clean Air Policy, Union of Concerned Scientists, World Wildlife Fund and CARE USA.

Click here (pdf) to read the bill.

Comment: It doesn’t matter about the evidence, Kerry is going to plow through with the globalist’s plan to sink the United States and further ruin our economy, while hacking away at our sovereignty, even though the evidence is pouring in as a result of the Climategate scandal that everything he and his breed has declared and furthered is a lie.

Kerry isn’t representative from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts; he’s a representative of special interests, clear and simple. Folks this traitorous act being committed by Kerry and his fellow travelers needs to be blocked and then destroyed.

We must repeal the 17th Amendment before it is too late; and know, too late is right around the corner.

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