Do you want to know what environmentalists think of the “compromise” climate bill unveiled by senators John Kerry and Joe Lieberman yesterday? Ifso,don’t read the New York Times today. Times reporter John M. Broder (5/13/10) quotes Kerry, Barack Obama (a supporter of the bill) and Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham (formerly a somewhat iffy supporter).
He alsoreferencesthe feelings of two main industry groups–the Edison Electric Institute and the American Petroleum Institute–as well as BP, ConocoPhillips and the United States Chamber of Commerce.
Then, in the second-to-last graph:
Some environmental advocates were involved in drafting the bill and were highly supportive. But other environmentalists said the bill did not go far enough and offered too many concessions to win industry support.
Well, that tells you…nothing.
Assessments from environmental groups aren’t hard to come by.The headline of the Public Citizen press release conveys their view: “It’s a Nuclear Energy-Promoting, Oil Drilling-Championing, Coal Mining-Boosting Gift.” The Institute for Public Accuracy’s release refers to a “ Bonanza of Corporate Giveaways.” Such views would have been helpful for readers interested in assessing the bill’s actual contents.