McCain Statement on the Lieberman-Warner Climate Security Act

WASHINGTON, D.C.U.S. Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) today released the following statement regarding S. 3036, The Lieberman-Warner Climate Security Act of 2008:

“Global climate change is the most important environmental challenge facing not only our nation, but the entire world.  I am confident that given the will, the federal government can be a lead advocate for ensuring that America is doing its part to reduce global warming, and join in the global effort that is needed to address this world-wide environmental issue.


“Like many of my colleagues, I believe this legislation needs to be debated, amended, improved, and ultimately, enacted.  While my schedule precludes me from being in Washington, DC, tomorrow to cast my vote, if I were able, I would vote to invoke cloture on the substitute amendment.  That does not mean I believe the pending bill is perfect, and in fact, it is far from it.  For example, the provisions to impose Davis Bacon mandates should be removed.  Most importantly, it must include provisions championed by Senator Graham and myself that would ensure that nuclear power, a proven and clean energy source, is included among the technologies supported in our efforts to address global warming.  Nuclear energy is an emission free source of electricity for the nation, which is why it simply must be part of the comprehensive solution to addressing climate change, and if it is not, I could not support the legislation’s final passage.


“Unfortunately, despite the commitment and tireless efforts of the bill's sponsors, Senators Lieberman and Warner, it appears that for now, the Senate, at the direction of the Majority Leader, will choose to put politics above policy, and Congress will fail to act yet again on this critical issue.  But rest assured, we will not give up until we finally succeed in enacting needed, comprehensive cap and trade legislation to address this urgent problem.”