Peterson flips on climate change [hoax] | StarTribune.com
Blue Dog Democrat Collin Peterson, who played a major role securing rural lawmakers' support for cap-and-trade climate legislation this summer, now says he would vote "no" if a similar bill returned to the House for final passage.
The Agriculture Committee chairman said he was "stuck voting" for the bill (which awaits Senate action) in June because House Speaker Nancy Pelosi granted his requests for broad agriculture concessions, but he won't support it again if it remains unchanged.
He made the comment during an appearance on a conservative talk radio show hosted by Scott Hennen in Fargo, N.D.
"First of all, this isn't going anyplace in the Senate," Peterson said. "But if it did and we ended up with a bill that was similar to what came out of the House and that was going to become law, I would vote no."
Peterson's possible defection could prove fatal to the bill -- if it ever passes the Senate -- because he is an influential voice among rural Democrats. It also may reflect how much heat he has taken from his relatively conservative district for supporting the bill.