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Dan Lashof, director of the NRDC climate center, looks at what's next for climate change legislation after the collapse of the Cap and Trade bill.
The barrier to passing any real, meaningful energy legislation is the way our politicians finance their campaigns. Until we have real campaign finance reform, e.g. public financing, nothing will change.Established interests--big oil, big coal, electrical utilities, etc. own a majority of the US House & Senate, not to mention state governments.
I used to say that if we didn't deal with global climate disruption, none of the other problems would matter. But actually, it isn't that they wouldn't matter--it's that almost every other problem would get worse! This is the message we need to get out, along with opposing the deniers like Inhofe. I've heard environmentalists point out that weather is not the same as climate; we also need to clarify that "global" does not mean "uniform."
David we'll be able to focus more with 3 eyes!
What we really need to focus on is nuclear energy.
The cap and trade system is a fraud. Why not a direct taxes. Not a fake market with no real difference with global warming.
tax soda tax oil!
Cap & Trade works, and it's ALREADY worked! Cap & Trade was used to reduce the use of Ozone, thus reversing the depletion of the Ozone Layer, and it was used to reduce Acid Rain! Ask Mr. Lashof about the past successes of Cap & Trade.
Who cares. These republicans are nothing but a pain. Obama should do the whole thing by executive order or whatever other backdoor methods he has. If he has trouble of finding ways to pass bills without congressional support he can just look at what Bush did.
I am furious with the Democratic leadership that continues to call for 60 votes to pass legislation.And I am furious that the populace has allowed the Democrats to tie their hands behind their own backs! How much legislation got passed 2000-2008 by one vote--the 51st vote? Let the obstructionists do their dirty work; they will better identify themselves and make it easier to boot them out.
With 100° weather in Moscow, and record breaking floods in Pakistan, we still can't say that the effects of climate change are visible. But if there were climate change, this is just what it would look like.
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