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The Chamber of Commerce expressed support for a "bipartisan" solution to the problem of climate change in a letter received today by the Senate panel charged with advancing a climate bill. (And yes, the letter is real and not a prank.) Has the beleagured group finally done a 180 degree turn on its climate policy? Well, not exactly. While it may be trying to improve its image on climate issues, it's not willing to support the actual bill that the Senate is currently debating.
The press release accompanying the letter indicates that the Chamber still opposes any bill containing mandatory emissions cuts. "The Chamber believes the Senate has an opportunity to promote a workable bottom-up plan that starts by addressing the fundamental building blocks—rather than the top-down approach of targets and timetables it has taken thus far," Bruce Josten, the Chamber's executive vice president for government affairs, said in the release.
The Chamber is, however, enthused about the partnership between John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.). The Chamber "agrees with a great deal of the principles" and believes they offer a "practical and realistic framework for legislation," the letter says, "one that echoes the core principles that the Chamber embeds in all of its communications on climate policy." (Except, of course, maybe this one, which seems to indicate that climate change is good for you.)