Switching Teams

Lieberman Ticks Off Dems Again

Democrat-turned-independent Senator Joe Lieberman is attempting to revive the House climate-change bill in the Senate by increasing funding for coal and nuclear-power plants, possibly garnering support from Republicans and more conservative Democrats, but likely distancing himself from liberals. "Without a nuclear title that's stronger than in the House climate-change legislation, we're not going to be able to get enough votes to pass climate change," Lieberman said. Considering many environmentalists' disdain for those power sources, the Connecticut senator's fifth attempt to pass a climate bill in Congress is not likely. California Senator Barbara Boxer, chairwoman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee that stripped Lieberman of his seat for his political flip-flopping in campaigning for John McCain, however, is reportedly expected to introduce a global-warming bill by the end of the month that will also include a nuclear title.