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Details on emissions bill are sketchy

Published December 10, 2009 6:10 pm

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Three senators who are trying to write a bill to cap greenhouse-gas emissions on Thursday released a "framework" that they had agreed to.

It showed they had not agreed to very much.

Sens. John Kerry, D-Mass., Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said the framework was intended to send a message to delegates gathered in Copenhagen for international climate talks. "The movement for climate change legislation in the United States Senate is alive and well," Lieberman said.

But the message was still fairly general: The senators revealed few details about their plans and said that even those were negotiable.

"The reason there's not specifics [being released] today is very specifically because of the process that we are honoring," Kerry said. The three still need to talk to Senate committee leaders about their ideas and did not think a bill would be voted on until next spring, he said. "We don't want to jump ahead of the committee process."

Their news conference came on the same day that President Obama, accepting the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway, said that threats to peace might increase along with greenhouse-gas emissions, if nothing was done to reduce them.