Kerry: Outcome of U.N. climate summit to affect passage of U.S. bill

12/16/2009 | NYTimes.com

The success of the U.N. climate summit in Denmark this week "is really critical" to the passage of the Senate's energy and climate bill, according to Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass. The bill, co-authored by Kerry, will need votes from Republicans and moderate Democrats who want country-verification measures as part of any international treaty on global warming. Sen. Arlen Specter, D-Pa., and eight colleagues want provisions that will penalize countries that do not meet commitments, as long as the penalties are "consistent with national sovereignty."

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