Environmentalists argue that their opponents have used those same arguments on any number of environmental issues and have not fared well with voters.
"It's been the major political challenge for any environmental public health and safety law for the last three decades," Kreindler said. "We've heard this sky-is-falling stuff forever. I don't think people are buying."
Others say the fate of any climate bill may indeed hang on just which side can better articulate its view of the "jobs" message.
"Right now, with everything going on the economy, if you can't shoehorn your message to those parameters, you don't have a message," said IER's Tucker, who previously worked in the House Republican leadership. "If you're not out there saying that whatever you're promoting is going to create jobs, it's not going to be something that's resonating."
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