Kerry open to ‘scaled back’ carbon plan

By Ben Geman - 06/22/10 11:15 AM ET

Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) said Tuesday he is in discussions with other lawmakers about scaling back the reach of climate change legislation, but insisted that some type of greenhouse gas provisions are vital to any energy package.

Kerry and Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) are struggling for political traction as they promote a sweeping climate and energy plan they unveiled last month.

“If we are going to get serious, we have to price carbon. There are many different ways of doing that. I am not locked in to one single way of doing it,” Kerry said on MSNBC.

“And I am working with a number of colleagues now, Republicans and Democrats alike, to look at alternative ways that we might be able to scale back, provide a smaller chunk. ... What is important is that we begin the process, actually begin the pricing of carbon and send a signal to the marketplace,” he said.

Kerry’s bill includes a cap-and-trade program for power plants and eventually large factories and some other industrial facilities. The bill's emissions cap also covers motor fuels, but it contains measures to shield fuel producers from swings in the carbon market.

Kerry’s comments come ahead of a White House meeting Wednesday between President Barack Obama and a bipartisan group of senators, including Kerry, to discuss energy. 

White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel said Friday that an emissions cap applied only to electric utilities would be welcomed as a topic for discussion.

Kerry and other advocates of emissions curbs hope to keep them in the mix as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) works to bring energy legislation to the floor as soon as next month.

“If we don’t price carbon, we will create one tenth of the jobs and we will reduce one tenth of the emissions,” Kerry said.


Comments (9)

Thanks Kerry (you traitorous peice of garbage)! Yes, since cap/trade is DOA for now (despite the false flag operation in the Gulf of Mexico), let us talk about those tentative first steps toward shutting down any real industry left in this country after you successfully helped to offshore and outsource 8 million jobs in the last 3 years. After all you and Al Gore (Occidental Petroleum) need to line your pockets with more taxpayer blood (read money) in order to fully bankrupt this country into submission to your new world order banker-masters (read Schiff, Rothschild, Warburg, QE2, Queen Bea, etc.) Oh and right; Rahm Emanuel, the Israeli dual-citizen, AIPAC operative, former Israel Defense Forces member, described by Chicago muck-raker Sherman Skolnick, the "Mossad's acting deputy in chief in North America—has only the best interests of the U.S.A. at heart. Excuse me while I choke on bagel.BY Marge on 06/22/2010 at 15:26
All the problems we face in this nation…Kerry wants us to swallow his hoax of global warming…Nah thanksBY Sally on 06/22/2010 at 15:46
Thanks Marge (you ignorant piece of garbage)!You have no idea what you are talking about. None whatsoever.BY Doug on 06/22/2010 at 16:16
Sally: too bad you deny the truth. The truth that the of scientists from all over the world accept the reality of anthropogenic global warming.And, of all the problems facing this nation … global warming is the most severe. Worse than the recession. Worse than terrorism. Worse than illegal immigration. Worse than anything. And, global warming is inevitable.Unless we take steps to combate it now.BY Doug on 06/22/2010 at 16:39
I think Marge and Sally know exactly what they're talking about. It's you, Deputy Doug (gov. operative)who is spreading disinfo.BY Union Jack on 06/23/2010 at 04:33
Soulless Skull and Bones scumsucking whores like Kerry need to be bred out of the population. We need a eugenics programme that rids of us of such parasites.BY Martin of Timperley on 06/23/2010 at 10:35
epa has forced millions of jobs out of the USA—my electrice bill rates have gone -up they tell me because i ihave saved electricity and they are not selling enough-now these idiot in goverment want to tax carbon—there go the rest of the jobs in America—was listening to NPR on earth day-the women was so happy that the air was cleaner in Akron Ohio—alll the smoke stacks and thousands of jobs went overseas—-hope you do gooders are happy breathing cus we not working any more not spending money and not paying taxes -God save all of us from this insane government(who is not listening to the people, just thier own rich voices)BY an American on 06/23/2010 at 12:20
David Rockefeller needs to set an example. He must take that pearl handled, jewel encrusted revolver in his little bird-like palsied hand, place the end of the barrel to his sick twisted brain and pull the trigger. Then we can, though only for a moment, rejoice! That's right, blow your brains out you sick ****. As for soulless drone-like lickspittles like Kerry who married a (softkill-GM-for-years) Heinz heiress, i hope and i pray using EVERY unit of soul energy i have; all my personal power deployed around my Alter of Hate that you suffer tenfold the torments that you've been a party to inflicting on all those who come under your sphere of influence you dreary soulless arrogant **nk*r. We MUST rid the planet of these psychopathic toxic parasites and their whores both scientific and military. How do we do this? We use the demons of the Goetia who are compelled to work for anyone who calls on them THAT'S HOW. Other, less nefarious, entitities will also do your bidding. Get serious. Stop moaning. ACT. Let's stuff these c***ish little sorcerers back in their little boxes. They have no heart. We do. Use your heart chakra. Stop sitting back apathetically and start to detoxify your environment.BY Martin of Timperley on 06/23/2010 at 15:39
Senator Kerry has indicated support for a revenue-neutral carbon tax in the past…I certainly hope that it is on the table moving forward.BY climatetf on 06/23/2010 at 21:39

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