Climate Bill, Caught Up in Bickering, Dies in Senate

A bill to cut greenhouse gases and address global warming was defeated Friday in the Senate. Debate on the measure began Monday but has been caught up in partisan bickering.

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We'll stay on Capitol Hill for this next story. A wide-ranging bill aimed at reducing greenhouse gases blamed for climate change died today in the Senate. And as NPR's Brian Naylor reports, the debate never really got started.

BRIAN NAYLOR: The global-warming debate began Monday, but by Wednesday the subject had changed to President Bush's nominees to the federal bench. What does that have to do with carbon emissions? Well nothing, of course, but Republicans forced Senate clerks to read aloud all 500 pages of the bill because they were miffed Democrats won't bring up more judicial nominations.

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NAYLOR: Democratic leaders, miffed over the Republicans' stalling, decided to try to limit debate on the climate change measure today, but that takes 60 votes, and they only got 48. Bill co-sponsor Joseph Lieberman was disappointed.

Senator JOSEPH LIEBERMAN (Independent, Connecticut): While the Senate fiddles, the globe warms.

NAYLOR: Backers of the climate change measure say they'll try again in the next Congress. Brian Naylor, NPR News, the Capitol.

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