A Pyrrhic Victory on Climate Change

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Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s proposal to ban the EPA from regulating greenhouse gases lost in the Senate today, 53-47. That’s the good news. Unfortunately, 47 yes votes is the bad news. I don’t have the vote breakdown yet, but I assume this means six Democrats voted in favor of Murkowski’s resolution. This obviously bodes poorly for a Senate willing to seriously cap greenhouse emissions, and it bodes really really poorly for a Senate willing to cap greenhouse emissions after Democrats lose a bunch of seats in November. I remain extremely discouraged on this front.

UPDATE: Yep, six Dems voted in favor: Bayh, Landrieu, Lincoln, Nelson, Pryor, and Rockefeller

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