Senator Mark Begich says the Senate can’t afford to wait and should take up a comprehensive energy bill when it returns from its Memorial Day recess. Speaking on the public radio call-in show, Talk of Alaska, Begich said Democratic leaders wanted to change the subject until after the report comes in on the Gulf of Mexico spill, but that’s a bad idea.
The House has already passed a bill to cap and trade carbon credits, but that bill does not have enough support to make it through the Senate. A compromise energy bill has been proposed by Democratic Senator John Kerry and independent Senator Joe Lieberman, and Begich says he’s getting closer to signing onto it.
Steve Heimel, APRN – Anchorage
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