If they don't get their heads out of the sand, ostrich-minded lawmakers railing against increased energy costs because of the imposition of climate change measures risk the enmity of future generations.
Promoters of dirty air have been vilifying the Clean Air Act since it was just a notion in a congressional subcommittee, four decades ago. They carry on with the same fear-mongering today, peddling the same old falsehoods.
On Sept. 14, Lisa Jackson will lead a celebration of the Clean Air Act's 40-year anniversary. It is appropriate to celebrate past successes, but in truth the Clean Air Act cannot handle today's pollution problems.
If you want to argue that there is renewed uncertainty over environmental regulation, don't pin it on the president for proposing legislation to cap greenhouse gas emissions. Blame conservatives for blocking it.
The good news is that the spill at the Deepwater Horizon oil well in the Gulf of Mexico has been plugged. Whether it will hold or not has yet to be seen, and what will ultimately be done with the well is also unknown.
Instead of a specific international plan for the energy revolution, we should have some nations race ahead and, once a majority has discovered a promising path, give them the tools to strongly encourage the rest to follow.
On this Earth Day, we should think how we can make a true impact in our daily lives. As Mexico City has shown, we don't have to sit and wait for world leaders to agree on how to care for our environment.
In deciding to divorce, the Gores have doubled their carbon footprint by creating the need for two residences. Though they have purchased carbon offsets for their property, that's like buying oneself out of conscription during the Civil War.