August 7, 2009

ZAWAHIRI MAY BE ALONE IN A CAVE...:

Senate Democrats Want Climate Bill to Protect Manufacturing (STEPHEN POWER, 8/06/09, WSJ)

Ten Senate Democrats whose votes are pivotal to the success of climate legislation urged the Obama administration on Thursday to support levying tariffs on goods from countries that don't limit their greenhouse-gas emissions.

President Barack Obama has resisted the idea, saying it would send "protectionist signals" to the world.

In a letter to Mr. Obama, the lawmakers said it was critical to include a "border mechanism" in climate legislation to ensure it would be "trade neutral and environmentally effective." They also warned that it would be "extremely difficult" to support a bill that didn't "deal with these important issues."


...but he does have a few allies.


MORE:
NAFTA Leaders Urged To Rein In `Buy Local` Impulse: In this global economic downturn, it is imperative that the three countries work together more intensively than ever, the Council said. (Javno, 8/07/09)

North American business groups urged leaders of the United States, Mexico and Canada on Friday to rein in "buy local" provisions they called a threat to free trade and economic growth.

"In this global economic downturn, it is imperative that the three countries work together more intensively than ever to make the most of their strengths and set the stage for robust and sustained economic recovery," the North American Competitiveness Council said. [...]

The advisory group made up of leading U.S., Mexican and Canadian business associations had its sternest advice for Obama, who they urged direct his administration to "clarify its intent and interpretation" of Buy American provisions passed as part of the $787 billion economic stimulus bill.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 7, 2009 8:29 AM
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