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30 Issues: Climate Change

Monday, October 25, 2010

Ryan Lizza, Washington correspondent for The New Yorker magazine, talks about the failure of climate change legislation this year and where it stands in the current political debate. 

Guests:

Ryan Lizza

Comments [7]

Phil Henshaw from way uptown

It's great to have renewed interest in climate and carbon pollution, but tragic that we're not also discussing the glaring flaw in the strategy.

The purpose is flawed, seeming to be to prevent climate change, but that offered as something we have to do to allow continually multiplying energy use.

Climate change is in no way responsible for the enormous wave of environmental crises around the world, that only promise to all get much worse (along with global warming) if we continue multiplying energy use. Digging up, paving over, and exhausting every accessible environmentally productive square inch of the earth is the real problem, and that, we have been discovering, is the direct cost of our having ever more energy to burn. It's logically obvious since energy is what we use to power everything, and quite traceable if you go about doing that.

Slowing the rate of increasing carbon pollution won't help. That's really all that any climate mitigation strategy actually promises. It won't solve our real problem but just delay our turning our attention to it, distracting us with more and more false starts.

Oct. 25 2010 11:01 AM
sophia

I'm so sick of this ridiculous promotion of Lindsay Graham as some sort of reasonable man and compromiser.

There are NO such Republicans left and Obama only pretends there are in order to avoid accountability for his promises.

Graham, Snowe, Collins, etc. ALL pretend to work with the pathetically weak and weaselly Obama in order to weaken whatever bill the Dems have on the table, they don't vote for it anyway, and whatever provisions they made for their non-existent votes remain in the bill. Then Obama gets his pretty signing ceremony, which is apparently all he cares about.

Oct. 25 2010 10:45 AM
G. Velazquez from Brooklyn Heights


Where *is* Al Gore these days? Getting a massage?

Who's gonna save the world now?

Oct. 25 2010 10:39 AM
Peg from Southern Tier NY

Every year we keep kicking this issue down the road, we subject our children and their children to more and more suffering.
Agree with hjs11211 - but also the idea of energy credit (for those who choose to use little) and taxation for those who want more .

Oct. 25 2010 10:37 AM
Marilyn Lim from Poughkeepsie

I really care about climate change, what can I do about it? I can go out and buy a so-called "carbon offset" certificate from some nonprofit -- and maybe it makes me feel better -- but one new factory in China will just wipe it out, me and everybody else who donated.

Oct. 25 2010 10:35 AM
Serge Lescouarnec from Montclair, NJ

Maybe I missed it in US media but first time I read about 'Tea Party climate change deniers funded by BP and other major polluters' was in Guardian yesterday

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/oct/24/tea-party-climate-change-deniers

Serge

Oct. 25 2010 10:05 AM

forget cap and trade!
just tax oil/coal when it comes out of the ground.

Oct. 25 2010 08:46 AM

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