Nickels v. Bush: Update from Chicago
Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels will be introducing his Climate Protection resolutionwhich calls for defying President Bush’s thumbs-down on the Kyoto Protocols by implementing the guidelines at the local levelon Saturday in the Environment Committee at the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Chicago at 12:30 our time. The mayor’s team did a vote count this morning and realized they had a better chance of getting Nickels’s resolution through the Environment committee than through the Energy Committee, which is chaired by Red city Mayor Bob Young of Augusta, Georgia, and where the vote count looked pretty bad. (The Environment Committee is also chaired by a Red city mayor, Patrick McCrory of Charlotte, NC, but the mayor’s team has been lining up more votes there according to a Nickels staffer who’s in Chicago.)
Meanwhile, the high-profile rising Democratic Party star, Mayor Martin O’Malley of Baltimore, pledged to get Nickels’s back if the resolution makes it to a floor vote. I’ll keep you posted on Nickels’s affront to Bush.