As we focus on what needs to be done, let's not forget how we got here. My tongue-in-cheek headline to this post aside, it's not a matter of blame, it's a matter of approaching the discussion with an understanding of the historical reality.
ExxonMobil must pay $2.329 million in a settlement, announced by Louisiana's Dept. of Environmental Quality last August and finalized early this month, to address violations from 2008 into 2013 at its greater Baton Rouge facilities.
That's 53 million people and GDP of $2.8 trillion. So it's not a stretch to say the new Pacific Coast Action Plan on Climate and Energy will make a huge difference for the entire country. And guess what? Congress had nothing to do with it.