Senator Byrd and the climate bill.
But late in his senatorial career, Byrd had a change of heart. In 2008, Byrd criticized the safety standards of mining companies. In an address in late 2009, Byrd urged the coal industry to acknowledge the problems and be part of the solution, by embracing the future. He began calling for clean coal measures and voiced support for carbon sequestration. It seemed, at the very least, that he was open to supporting climate change legislation.
His successor will be appointed by Governor Joe Manchin of West Virginia. Though it's not known who the governor will choose, Manchin is a firm advocate of the coal industry, and it's almost certain Byrd's successor will be a coal apologist--one who's unlikely to lend support to a climate change bill. What's more, the appointment requires a special election in West Virginia, and the seat may not be filled until August, and possibly November.
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|Title Annotation:||THIS WEEK|
|Date:||Jul 7, 2010|
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