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The Death of Climate Change Legislation

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

The New Yorker’s Elizabeth Kolbert looks at the political and environmental implications of the comprehensive energy and climate change legislation that died in the U.S. Senate last week.

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Comments [7]

Ben from Pioneer Square

Mike C. from Tribeca - Connect the dots...WWII was an enormous federal expenditure that dwarfed all prior programs. War is appropriation of national treasure, and measured in dollars we think more highly of our destructive prowess than we do clean water.

Jul. 27 2010 07:09 PM
Tonianne from New York

Why does this issue get treated with the same revere as a tax increase? We are so nature deficient at this point that we fail to tap into what's left of our survival instinct and raise the issue above the political bar.

Jul. 27 2010 03:59 PM
Mike C. from Tribeca

Matt -- FDR's jobs projects didn't get this country out of the Great Depression. World War II did most of that.

Jul. 27 2010 12:41 PM

Someone who knows Obama well described his poker style as always holding back, timid, fence-sitting. That describes Obama across the board. He waits to see how the wind is blowing and then steps hesitantly. Another word for this is cowardice.

On environmental issues, fossil fuels, carbon emissions, and oil depletion constitute only _one_ of the problems we face. One.

The US is doing very nearly _nothing_ on _any_ environmental issue. About the only successes that can be named from the past 40 years are DDT and acid rain -- two very specific issues.

Maybe Obama just doesn't plan on ever having grandchildren -- or anybody else either.

Jul. 27 2010 12:35 PM
Mike C. from Tribeca

Interesting segment, but why would the president "put his credibility on the line" (as your guest says) for something that "they knew would fail." That doesn't sound like smart politics.

Jul. 27 2010 12:35 PM
Matt

Has anybody made a link that "green jobs" (as Obama talked about) could have been a public works that FDR put into place that gave people jobs to get out of the depression?

Jul. 27 2010 12:35 PM
Scott from Lower Manhattan

Has anyone raised the fact that a carbon tax could be implemented through reconciliation? Could it get 50 votes or would offsetting it with some tax cut facilitate getting 50 votes?

Jul. 27 2010 12:05 PM

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