You Could Just Feel the Air Leave the Room

Reuters, “Obama’s drive for climate change bill delayed“:

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s push for quick action by Congress on climate change legislation suffered a setback on Thursday when the U.S. Senate committee leading the drive delayed work on the bill until September.

Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairman Barbara Boxer said her self-imposed deadline of early August for finishing writing a bill to combat global warming has been put off until after Congress returns from a recess that ends in early September.

“We’ll do it as soon as we get back” from that break, Boxer told reporters. Asked if this delay jeopardizes chances the Senate will pass a bill this year, Boxer said, “Not a bit … we’ll be in (session) until Christmas, so I’m not worried about it.”

Washington Post, “Senate panel delays action on climate change bill

(Hat tip: Michelle Malkin)

P.S. Meanwhile, in Italy, eight leaders who have never heard of King Canute.

UPDATE (2:30 p.m.): Sen. Boxer shelved the cap-and-command-and-control-and-trade bill to deal with the Highway Trust Fund? So reports a blogger at Streetsblog, which supports “climate-friendly transportation.”

The highway account is expected to run dry in mid-August, sending Congress and the Obama administration scurrying to find $20 billion to keep state-level road projects funded until the end of 2010.

Boxer’s postponement of a climate debate in her committee may well be an acknowledgment of the challenge lawmakers are facing to rustle up that $20 billion by month’s end — especially given that House transportation committee chairman Jim Oberstar (D-MN) refusing to budge on his commitment to a new transportation bill this year.

If that’s the case, kudos to Senator Boxer. The need for a highway bill is pressing. It means jobs and improvements in infrastructure needed to keep our economy moving.

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