Although both Democrats and Republicans in Congress have introduced bills and proposals about how best to proceed, we live in an era where money and politics take precedence and the question of doing what is "in the best interest of children" is far too often forgotten or ignored. That must end.
In at least two states, Kansas and Arizona, damaging bills have been either voted down or withdrawn. But in cases like these, can we really declare victory for clean energy when all we've done is successfully defend what we already have?
As a lifelong resident of New Mexico who has hunted and fished on public lands all over New Mexico and the West, I would like to thank our retiring Senator Jeff Bingaman for his decades of support of sportsmen and all citizens through his stewardship of our nation's natural gifts and wild places.
Americans are behind Obama, in the sense that they support the president's concept of a national clean energy standard. But they're also behind, in the sense that the voting public is unwilling to go as far as the president wants to go because of costs.
Make no mistake about the post-health care debate. The oil companies, right-wingers, and climate change deniers will attack anything -- absolutely anything -- that arises in Congress as a threat to the economy.