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Global Warming Draws Heat From Democrats

“This is coming from the people who have given us nothing ... but eight years of higher gas prices,” said David Sandretti, spokesman for the League of Conservation Voters. “They don’t have any credibility on this point.”

Despite the internal Democratic disputes, Members and staff are still trying to cobble together a communications strategy that will help them get their message out — particularly the notion that passing a global warming bill will be better for Americans going forward than not acting to rein in pollutants and demand for gasoline.

In addition to Boxer’s rally, Senate Democrats plan to hold daily events highlighting the divergent interests that have signed onto the bill. Today, for example, they plan to hold a press conference with business and labor backers of the bill. Wednesday’s event will feature faith-based groups and representatives from the scientific community, while Thursday’s event will seek to highlight the measure’s importance to national security and technological innovation.

House Democrats, meanwhile, have been looking at the Senate action to help them determine whether that chamber will take up a climate change bill this year. Without a Senate catalyst and little enthusiasm for the legislation from House Republicans, House Democrats have slow-walked their bill behind the scenes and might wait until next year if the Senate shelves its effort.

Steven T. Dennis contributed to this report.

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