When it comes to solving problems, elected officials are inclined to support solutions that allow people to keep behaving as they always have, but with less damage. That's how it has been with America's response to weather-related disasters. It's a response that won't work anymore.
How can it be that investment in clean energy is heading for a disappointing drop in 2012 while the International Energy Agency warns that without a radical change in direction, in just a few short years we will have closed the door to limiting global temperature rise to 2°?
Oddly, the State Department's environmental review process of the Keystone XL pipeline, carrying bitumen products from one of the planet's greatest bastions of climate wrecking carbon, does not include a consideration of climate impacts.
The world has missed the opportunity to avoid serious, damaging human-induced climate change. How bad it ultimately gets depends on how much longer Congress hides behind political ideology, and religion to deny the reality of climate change.