Obama, Key Senators Make Their Pitch for Climate and Energy Bill
By Darren Samuelsohn of Greenwire in the New York Times, March 10 2010
Closed-door talks extended to both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue yesterday as President Obama, key senators and industry officials searched for an elusive agreement on comprehensive energy and climate change legislation.
At the White House, Obama implored 14 Democrats and Republicans to reach consensus before the end of this year on a bill that puts a first-ever price on carbon emissions, rather than settle for the energy-only approach favored by some moderates.
Back on Capitol Hill, the three senators at the center of the legislative effort presented their broad ideas to some of the country's largest trade associations, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, American Petroleum Institute and the American Farm Bureau.
The rush of activity underscored the last-ditch push to produce a draft Senate bill before the spring recess that begins March 26.