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Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) Tuesday derided as "a joke" a bipartisan proposal being crafted by Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), and John Kerry (D-Mass.) to address climate change since it does not spell out what to do with toxic waste that would be generated by proposed new nuclear plants.

"There's no nuclear power, there's no recycling, there's no storage," McCain said. "It's a joke when there's no site recycling and there's no storage. Nuclear power is not viable without recycling and without storage. Period."

The proposal from Graham, Lieberman, and Kerry calls for regulating different kinds of business sectors individually rather than having one carbon emissions standard for all businesses. This is a significant change from the climate bill proposed by Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) last year. That bill would cap all emissions in the same way, no matter how they are generated. Because the Boxer bill has not won broad support, the proposal from the three senators represents the most viable chance for passing climate change legislation this Congress.The proposal would also authorize construction of new nuclear power plants, as has been advocated by President Obama. It does not, as McCain said, suggest a plan for dealing with the new waste generated by those plants. An existing plan to store the nation's nuclear waste at a facility in Yucca Mountain, Nevada, was de-funded by the Obama administration at the urging of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who represents Nevada.

McCain's comments were particularly pointed for a bill being authored by his two close friends, Graham and Lieberman.
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Its also a joke that this energy bill would support the continued use of coal , as well as natural gas.

The method of acquiring natural gas known as "fracking" is one of the most toxic imaginable- not only requiring the use of vast amounts of water, but 300 plus different toxic chemicals are injected deep into the ground in this process, rendering our drinking water completely toxic and hazardous.
And, "clean coal"? There is no such thing.

I wish that a bill would be created that would specifically support our transition OUT of our habit of fossil fuels and nuclear energy, and directly INTO the increased production of renewable/sustainable energy sources- specifically solar, wind, and wave.

This would reflect a true Energy Bill- one that not only helps our Earth, but would strengthen our economy significantly by creating Green jobs.

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