Climate bill politics are heating up

Chicago Tribune
September 14, 2009

After months of promoting President Obama's climate plan as a vehicle to create millions of clean-energy jobs, supporters of the legislation are increasingly pushing another strategy -- its benefits for national security.

It's a deliberate, anxiety-themed effort to press a handful of fence-sitting moderates to support a bill that will probably be the administration's next great legislative push after health care.

A coalition backing the energy and climate bill pending before the Senate has enlisted war veterans to pressure senators in person.

In television advertisements, the coalition calls dependence on foreign oil a threat to national security and fuel for terrorists, according to a Sept. 14 Chicago Tribune article.

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