How to Join Member's Area Private Library Search Today's Topics p Login
Main Forums Discussion Tech Talk Mature Content Archives
   Nav Win
 The Alley
 The Three Wise Men ?
Follow us on Facebook

 Moderated by: Ron   (Admins )

User Options
Format for Better Printing EMail to a Friend Not Available
Admin Print Send ECard
Passions in Poetry

The Three Wise Men ?

 Post A Reply Post New Topic   Go to the Next Oldest/Previous Topic Return to Topic Page Go to the Next Newest Topic 
Member Empyrean
since 06-05-99
Posts 26302
Ft. Lauderdale, Fl USA

0 posted 12-16-2009 07:52 AM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

WASHINGTON As President Obama heads to Copenhagen this week to convince world leaders of the United States' commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, he's getting help from an unexpected quarter.

In the Senate, where partisan feuding engulfs Obama's health care bill, an unusual group of lawmakers is working across party lines on a compromise bill that would boost domestic energy production while reducing pollution that causes global warming.

Described by participants as "tripartisan," the effort unites Sens. John Kerry, a Massachusetts Democrat; Joe Lieberman, a Connecticut independent; and Lindsey Graham, an outspoken South Carolina Republican.

The three are touting their alliance as proof that Congress is prepared to approve significant reductions in carbon emissions. Suspicions about U.S. intentions surfaced Tuesday at the United Nations global climate conference in Copenhagen, as China's representatives accused their U.S. counterparts and other developed nations of not going far enough to help poor nations.

"Developed countries have the obligation to provide financial support," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu said.

Kerry has a pointed message of his own for the Chinese in a speech he plans to deliver in Copenhagen today after an all-night flight from Washington.

"Some of my colleagues in Washington remain like some leaders elsewhere reluctant to grapple with a climate crisis mostly measured in future dangers and parts per million, when they're confronted every day with the present pain of hard-working people in a tough economic time," Kerry says, in remarks prepared for delivery.

"To pass a bill, we must be able to assure a senator from Ohio that steelworkers in his state won't lose their jobs to India and China because those countries are not participating in a way that is measureable, reportable and verifiable," he adds.

The trio's strategy: Combining legislation aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions a favorite cause of Democrats with measures that would beef up domestic energy production and attract GOP votes.

That would include expanding offshore oil and gas drilling, which is opposed as a threat to beaches by groups such as the Natural Resources Defense Council. It would also jump-start the U.S. nuclear industry, which has not been permitted to build a new plant since the 1979 accident at the Three Mile Island plant in central Pennsylvania. 8News+-+Washington+-+Top+Stories%29&utm_content=My+Yahoo

Stand up to the Chinese? Offshore oil and natural gas drilling? Nuclear plants? Maybe these guys ARE really the three wise men!

(If any of you think it was easy saying something decent about Kerry.....I assure you it wasn't!)
Bob K
Member Elite
since 11-03-2007
Posts 3860

1 posted 12-16-2009 07:40 PM       View Profile for Bob K   Email Bob K   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Bob K

     Not everything the man does fits with the Liberal model of the universe.  Just like I find Bush did things I thought occasionally necessary, like the original bailout.  I find it difficult to make sure I see what's actually there, sometimes, rather than what I'm sure ought to be there if things were acting according to my notion of what the rules are.  It makes the world much more interesting, though much more puzzling at the same time for me.

     If I understand the pith of what you're saying and can have a shot at paraphrasing it, "(If any of you think it's easy, [actually seeing that Bush isn't acting predictably, or that Kerry isn't], I assure you it isn't [easy at all]!).  I hope I've got that approximately right.  I don't want to put the wrong ideas out there and pretend you've said them if in fact I've gotten this wrong.


All my best, Bob Kaven
 Post A Reply Post New Topic   Go to the Next Oldest/Previous Topic Return to Topic Page Go to the Next Newest Topic 
All times are ET (US) Top
  User Options
>> Discussion >> The Alley >> The Three Wise Men ? Format for Better Printing EMail to a Friend Not Available
Print Send ECard


pipTalk Home Page | Main Poetry Forums

How to Join | Member's Area / Help | Private Library | Search | Contact Us | Today's Topics | Login
Discussion | Tech Talk | Archives | Sanctuary

© Passions in Poetry and 1998-2013
All Poetry and Prose is copyrighted by the individual authors