From The New York Times, Climate Wire, “Kerry Gives Dems Chance to Frame Climate Debate Around Security“:
John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) both say there is little to read into the fact that Kerry is listed as the lead sponsor of the global warming bill (pdf) the pair unveiled Wednesday.
But perceptions are another thing, and there are certainly reasons for why Kerry got top billing ahead of Boxer, the chairwoman of the committee with lead jurisdiction over the climate change agenda. The decision also leaves some observers asking who will be in charge moving forward.
Really a fascinating insider piece on the politics of climate change legislation, or rather, the authorship of climate change legislation.
One possible factor the reporter might have missed: Sen. Boxer is running for re-election in 2010, and her potential opponent, Republican state Assemblyman Chuck DeVore, supports expanded energy development and voted against the California global warming bill, AB 32. Former Vice President Al Gore has already sent a fundraising letter for Boxer attacking DeVore on climate change. So moving her to second billing might have some political calculations.
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