This afternoon, Senator Kerry held a conference call with a number of Global Warming / energy focused bloggers. Earlier this week, the Senator gave a speech calling for a Post-Kyoto Global Climate Change approach, as part of his public discussion leadign up to Senator Boxer and he leading the Senate delegation to the global climate change talks in Bali in December.
Well, today’s conference call was wide-ranging, from challenging the potential for a fruitful Global Warming-related bill while George W Bush occupies the Oval Office to questions about coal sequestration to Cape Wind.
The final question, however, directly asked Senator Kerry what he wants from us, activists in the Global Warming and energy communities. His response:
Put the heat on these people.
What people? Well, the moderates (both Republican and Democrat) in the Senate who need to be convinced to do the right thing when it comes to Global Warming.
“Pick Your Moderate”
When it comes to a list, Senator Kerry had a long one once he started. This included:
- New Hampshire
- Gordon Smith, in Oregon
- Chuck Hagel, NB
- Norm Coleman, MN
- Mel Martinez, FL (okay, I read this one with hesitation in his voice)
- Voinovich, Ohio
- Corker, TN
- Kay Bailey Hutchinson, TX (“She evidently has her eye on being governor down there.”)
Senator Kerry emphasized that we should use real issues, the reality of events that are evident in our own lives, to get constituents to pressure these Senators. But, it is not only recalcitrants, but also to reinforce those, such as John Warner (R-VA), “who are already on board.
“With the drought in the South and all the impacts it is having on people, hunters, fisherman, issues that effecting people day to day, you ought to have a field day.
Thus, his response to the question, “what can we do?” was, “Pick your moderate, such as they are” and pressure them to do the right thing … get their constituents to communicate with them.