The choices we make now -- whether we move our economy towards clean energy or deepen our dependence on dirty fuels -- will have huge repercussions for our children and grandchildren. It's bad enough to contemplate our kids asking us why didn't try harder to solve climate change.
A minority of Senators robbed America of comprehensive energy and climate legislation. The officials who steered this turnaround have shown us, and the world, an America woefully deficient in leadership and ingenuity.
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.
The Republicans have decided, en bloc, to block sensible legislation that reduces pollution and lowers carbon emissions. They have chosen short-term political gains over solving our country's long-term energy challenges.
My professional dedication and personal passion over the past two decades has been the environment and what humans are doing to it, it is always interesting to listen to the views of those who see us through different lens.
It's pretty obvious by now that Mitch McConnell's game plan is to prevent economic recovery, in the hope of profiting in the November elections. Even by the standards of Washington, this takes cynicism to new heights.