June 29th, 2010
11:13 AM ET
11 years ago

Obama holds bipartisan energy talks

Washington (CNN) - President Obama met Tuesday with a bipartisan group of senators at the White House to discuss passing an energy and climate change bill this year.

Notably absent from the meeting: Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina. Graham has been a key player in crafting legislation with Sen. Chuck Schumer, a Democrat from New York. Graham, who serves on the Senate Judiciary Committee, is involved in confirmation hearings on Capitol Hill.

Some of those attending included: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Sens. Lamar Alexander, R-Tennessee, Barbara Boxer, D-California, John Kerry, D-Massachusetts, Joe Lieberman, I-Connecticut, Richard Lugar, R-Indiana and Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska.

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  1. Fed Up!

    Obama is wasting his time ... again.

    Anyone want to start a pool on how soon the Republicans will "jump ship" on this?

    June 29, 2010 11:19 am at 11:19 am |

    BIPARTISAN – You have to be kidding just after OBAMA has lend SOROS the biggest campaign contributor to his Presidential race 2 billion US Taxpayers money for offshore drilling which all oil produced is due to go to China. Not a drop to the US> This man continues to destroy our strengths while we set by on our butts doing nothing. WAKE UP AMERICA. LET'S TAKE THIS COUNTRY BACK. RUN THIS PIG OUT OF OFFICE.

    June 29, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  3. thomas

    It's about time to take real action in our future.
    Our quality of life depends on a sustainable seine energy policy.
    When can be a nation of inspiration and change .
    Or we can go the way of the dinosaurs !

    Good by Dick Cheney , hello innovation !

    June 29, 2010 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  4. MatthewDetroit

    Barack is out ruining the economy.

    His cap and trade bill will kill the economy and this country further.

    The stock market is down to 9909.
    The unemployment rate is at 10%.
    We are 14 trillion in debt and he is spending wildly.

    The Dems have been running the country into the ground since 2006 when they took the house and senate.

    Both sides are at fault but we need to STOP passing new laws and STOP spending money

    June 29, 2010 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  5. Stacie

    Hmmmm...I'm trying to remember when/if W held bipartisan talks...can anyone help out?????

    June 29, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  6. The Oil (GOP) party never had bipartisan talks on energy........

    For all of you Obama critics out there; Obama is having bipartisan talks on energy policy. He deserves much credit for this. Bush and Cheney had their partisan energy talks behind closed doors with the energy commission and coporate sponsors....remember ???

    June 29, 2010 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  7. Greg Pottstown PA

    He needs to focus on jobs and the oil spill. This is getting ridiculous, This president is only interested in pushing his own political agenda. I can't wait to get this man out of office.

    Questions for all you libs. Was bush more bipartisan than Obama is?
    Has America ever seen a Potus as partisan as Obama?

    June 29, 2010 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  8. Rick McDaniel

    Obama has never done anything "bipartisan", since he was elected, and he isn't doing it now.

    June 29, 2010 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  9. Seekster

    Obama's definition of bi-partisan: Everyone listens to me and nods there head in agreement when I am finished talking. After that those who wish to concur with my opinion may talk but those who disagree are not allowed to speak.

    June 29, 2010 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  10. Dan

    Definition of bipartisan in America today: I have my way of thinking and you have your way of thinking and thanks to the Supreme Court yesteday I can now plug you with an unregistered hand gun anytime I want.

    There is no bipartisan thining here. Who is kidding who? These people couldn't agree on what type of toliet paper to put in the washroom. Just like the rest of the American public.

    Time for a change. And not to the right wing, conservative tea party nutsos. Time to change to reasonable human beings who care about each other and want to do what is good for all americans. Time to tell the ultra left wing liberals that moderation works and compromise needs to happen. The country is going down the toliet because of the fringes of both parties and their domination of the media. It's time for the moderate american people to stand up and say no more.

    June 29, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  11. T'SAH from Virginia

    YEP – a bipartisan TALK for a partisan WALK!!!!! President Obama, keep up the good work for your approach in the way YOU do business and come about with your OWN solutions!!! Yes you can!!!

    June 29, 2010 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  12. Mason

    I see one person familiar with Energy and of course that is the only state with large oil/gas production. Its pathetic.

    June 29, 2010 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  13. PalmReader

    I see Graham is still throwing his temper tantrums . . . and, the GOP Senators are still displaying their adolescent attempts of obstruction.

    June 29, 2010 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  14. Marty, FL

    It is great to see our president continue meeting with all sides on legislation for the American people.

    The BP Gulf situation illustrates how much our country needs a comprehension energy solution going forward.

    June 29, 2010 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  15. AEK

    Hummmmm...NOT behind closed doors with just the vice president and energy/oil company executives determining energy policy for our country? Well, that's certainly different!

    June 29, 2010 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  16. Pat F

    Hard left of the Dems, and RINOs of the Republicans – I'd hardly call that bipartisan.

    June 29, 2010 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  17. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    I want legislation that gets the U.S. off of oil all together. It's bad enough that we are funding our enemies, but we need look no further than the Gulf of Mexico to get it through our skulls that we need to break our addiction, not just for our national security, but for the planet. We are the biggest consumer of oil. Enough already. I will like to see legislation that will reduce the number of vehicles on the road and a ligt rail system jobs program.

    June 29, 2010 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  18. Barack.Hussein.Obama-America's-Benevolent-DICTATOR

    The Buffoon in Chief just doesn't get it does he?! Millions still unemployed, massive deficits and debt and this donkey wants to implement a MASSIVE TAX AND ENERGY ENTITLEMENT PROGRAM. I guess he won't be satisfied until he's at 9% approval and there are no DemocRATS left in Congress. Obozo will singlehandedly destroy the DemocRAT Party and all that cooperate with him. He is more toxic than the Gulf oil spill at this point.

    June 29, 2010 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  19. Ancient Texan

    The very last thing this nation, still in recession, needs is a cap and tax energy bill. Even the president said it would lead to much more expensive energy costs. As far as global warming is concerned, Al Gore bought an $8 million dollar home on the ocean on the West Coast. He evidently doesn't believe too strongly about the ice melting and flooding the land near the oceans. It was just a "sky is falling" scam folks.

    June 29, 2010 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  20. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I would hope that the expansion of more advance fission power plants is a part of that discussion. We also need to be developing ways to capture waste gasses from power plants. Some other advancements that needs to be worked on are fusion power and new fission reactors that can use the trans-uranic elements that are left over after spent fuel reprocessing.

    I hope that solar, tidal and wind power is equally discussed.

    June 29, 2010 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  21. Don Wuerl

    Enough of these silly commitees, already; pass the damn thing! We already know that you have the votes; or, did Big Oil buy you guys(gals) off? Do what is right for all of America because the world demands that we as a nation do our fair share to protect our beautiful planet! If remember this correctly, Congress has been talking about subject for well over 40 years! What is taking us so damn long to do what is correct?

    June 29, 2010 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  22. Dano

    Sorry President Obama but a bipartisan talk with Republicans will be "do it our way or we'll filabuster anything you propose". It's sad but true but that's what the GOP has become. The words compromise and statesmanship are not in their vocabulary any more.

    June 29, 2010 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  23. awaitingliberalizationbyCNN

    Obama is not bi-partisan. The republicans are there for show only. He has not and will not seek bi-partisanship on this issue. Why does the state run media even hint that he will? Obama is an inept, corrupt, union toady.

    June 29, 2010 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  24. Dale

    BO just don't listen. He demands the same from his party "don't listen" they will get over it. What kind of person is this, the anti-Christ?
    This is getting very dangerous pitting brother against brother

    June 29, 2010 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  25. Dean

    Obama – how about bringing our jobs back to America and you will see a REAL economic recovery???? I find it hard to believe just how stupid you really are.

    June 29, 2010 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
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