Just a quick check-in as I know you’ve been reading and hearing a lot about the alleged “death” of comprehensive climate and energy legislation. Feels like it’s practically a rite of passage for important legislation — how many times was health care reform declared “dead” before it passed?
But, bottom-line: we have to pass comprehensive legislation this year or I believe we never will. I am working this 24-7, and these past 72 hours I can tell you it quite literally feels 24-7 – so let me assure you: these headlines are like the famous “Dewey Defeats Truman” headline from 1948. And we need that Give Em Hell Harry spirit because there’s one thing he knew – and one thing I remember from back in Iowa when the pundits wrote us off – if you fight hard enough and keep at it, you can get where you need to go.
Lindsey Graham, Joe Lieberman and I are talking every day – talked a few times yesterday – and I know we can get back on track. I will keep you in the loop on things, and to keep up with what’s happening, follow me on Twitter: http://twitter.com/JohnKerry. I’ll be updating it real-time before reality gets bounced through the echo chamber of DC and spun a hundred different ways.
There’s going to be more twists and turns ahead. There always are. But we’re keeping our eye on the prize – ending our dependence on foreign oil that makes Iran $100 million dollaswrs richer each day and has our planet headed towards a catastrophic tipping point.
We’re going to get there – and please follow me on Twitter for ways you can pitch in.