Sen. Jim Inhofe lost his battle with Democrats over climate change legislation, but his ultimate victory might be in view.
Democrats on the Senate’s Environment and Public Works Committee approved a bill last week that would require a 20 percent cut in U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by 2020, mainly through a cap-and-trade system.
Led by Inhofe, Republicans boycotted the vote, claiming the legislation’s cost hadn’t been fully analyzed by the Environmental Protection Agency. No matter. Democrats had more than enough votes to prevail with or without them present.
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The full Senate will be different.