The correlation between the ideological environmental negativity of other Republican-controlled "red" state congressional delegations and sub-par conditions in their respective jurisdictions remains striking.
In 1998 and for the subsequent eight years or so, I remained agnostic regarding what I viewed as the trade-offs between cap-and-trade and carbon taxes. What happened to change that? Three words: The Hamilton Project.
By dismissing Obama's clean energy initiative as wasteful, wishful thinking, Mitt Romney and the Republican Party are displaying obliviousness to potential oblivion. They have totally ignored an elemental objective of the Obama program -- slowing the pace of global warming.
The negotiating teams are now tasked under the Durban Platform with identifying a new comprehensive policy architecture. The negotiators are therefore hungry for new ideas, in particular for outside-the-box thinking.
Both he and President Obama have so far avoided any significant reference to environmental matters that have potentially life and death implications for future generations, if not out own. How does one correct this great disservice to the American people?
Since when are low prices considered to be a problem? To understand what's going on, we need to remind ourselves of the purpose (and promise) of a cap-and-trade regime, and then look at what's been happening in the respective markets.
Of course the pollutocrats don't pitch their agenda as pro-pollution and anti-nature. Instead, they make it sound as though the only things standing between us and economic nirvana are some fussy environmental rules enforced by arrogant officials.
The national delegations from around the world now have a challenging task: To find a way to include all key countries in a structure that brings about meaningful emissions reductions on an appropriate timetable at acceptable cost.
In the U.S., political polarization has decimated what had long been the key political constituency in the Congress for environmental action, namely, the middle, including both moderate Republicans and moderate Democrats.
Uneven media coverage of climate change is undoubtedly contributing to the United States' dubious distinction of being the only nation with a sizable segment of its population in global warming denial.