April 29, 2010
Former president Bill Clinton said Wednesday that he’s hopeful climate bill negotiations will get back on track — even though he understands the frustrations of both Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Democrats looking to move forward on immigration.
“It would help a lot if they got something done because if you price carbon, then the industries of America that have the cash would respond to it. Most of the big manufacturers that I deal with and industrial users would want a deal very badly,” Clinton told POLITICO.
“Look, I understand why they’d want to do an immigration bill now,” he said, adding that the immigration bill passed in Arizona recently only contributed to what he called a “vacuum of frustration” for both parties on the issue of immigration.
“But if they can’t pass it this year, then I think they ought to think about passing something they could pass,” he said, raising the possibility of an energy-only bill. “They could do that,” Clinton said. “I favor the other approach. Sen. Graham, whom I like very, very much, I understand his frustration, but my guess is that they’ll probably get it back on track.”
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