Bipartisanship October 13, 2009 : 9:02 PM

It's become conventional wisdom in some circles that bipartisanship is dead when it comes to climate legislation. I want to thank Lindsey Graham and John Kerry for proving those doubters wrong. Their bold article in The New York Times this past weekend surely will add momentum to our cause.

In the piece they write:

“Many Democrats insist on tough new standards for curtailing the carbon emissions that cause global warming. Many Republicans remain concerned about the cost to Americans relative to the environmental benefit and are adamant about breaking our addiction to foreign sources of oil.”

“However, we refuse to accept the argument that the United States cannot lead the world in addressing global climate change. We are also convinced that we have found both a framework for climate legislation to pass Congress and the blueprint for a clean-energy future that will revitalize our economy, protect current jobs and create new ones, safeguard our national security and reduce pollution.”

“Our partnership represents a fresh attempt to find consensus that adheres to our core principles and leads to both a climate change solution and energy independence.”

I want to thank both of these leaders for working to find a common ground on this vital issue. Working together we will solve the climate crisis.

Their article closes by stating,

“We are confident that a legitimate bipartisan effort can put America back in the lead again and can empower our negotiators to sit down at the table in Copenhagen in December and insist that the rest of the world join us in producing a new international agreement on global warming. That way, we will pass on to future generations a strong economy, a clean environment and an energy-independent nation.”

I could not agree more.