Congressional Republicans are all about the science and all about smart economic decisions based on cost-benefit analysis, unless it leads to a conclusion that they don't like. In which case, the science is clearly wrong, and cost benefit analysis shouldn't be done.
While regulations might take a toll on these companies' ability to "create jobs," the toll climate change could take on our economy will be far more catastrophic, damaging our energy and agricultural sectors, and ruining the livelihoods of thousands of people.
Can we cut to the chase on climate change? For nearly a decade, I've followed the news, the analysis, the debate -- and the nonsense that more often than not substitutes for it. And, as a mom, I think it is high time we grow up.
The window of opportunity only shrinks. Now would be the time for the so-called Democratic base to signal -- via active constituency -- that we've got Barack's back. I'll call my congressional delegation if you call yours.
The magnitude, urgency and scientific clarity of the climate threat only has grown, but Americans still are waiting for Congressional leaders to recognize that both the climate and public opinion are shifting.
The past two weeks have brought home this country's split personality when it comes to our energy policy: one that recognizes the need to continue moving toward a more secure, diversified, and sustainable energy future, and one that clings to the status quo.
To be fair, it's not just Republicans who are blocking Congress from acting against climate change. Nineteen Democrats in the House voted for Inhofe's and Upton's bill to strip EPA of its regulatory authority.
Now that the climate bill is in hibernation, it would be easy to despair that the power sector will resume burning high-polluting coal. The reality is, it is undergoing a dramatic transformation to decarbonize its energy offerings.
When future scholars document the history of global warming, one of the watershed years will almost surely be 2010. The upcoming lame-duck session in Congress could be one of the last opportunities for reform before 2013.
With climate change a stated priority for Obama and Congress, how did they fall so short? This began long before Obama took office, but rather than rip up the old pattern, the president quickly took his place at the loom.