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WASHINGTON Dec 10 U.S. senators outlined a
compromise climate bill on Thursday that emphasizes energy
independence, a move that could strengthen President Barack
Obama's position at U.N. climate talks in Copenhagen next
The compromise between Senators John Kerry, a Democrat,
Joseph Lieberman, an independent, and Lindsey Graham, a
Republican, seeks to speed up the legislation, by casting it as
a jobs and energy-independence bill.
"We are confident our climate legislation will keep
American jobs in America," Lieberman told reporters, adding
that the bill would get done.
The senators said a near-term target to cut U.S. emissions
by 17 percent below 2005 levels was achievable and reasonable.
Obama is expected to pledge the United States will cut
emissions at about that level at the talks in Copenhagen next
A 17 percent target would be less than the 20 percent
reduction that was proposed in an initial Senate bill written
by Kerry and Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer of California.
(Reporting by Ayesha Rascoe and Timothy Gardner)