Sunday, July 15, 2007

The US Congress and How Not to Save the Planet

While I'm not fully back yet from vacation, I have scored some net access and wanted to share a basic good article from the WaPo that looks at what we need to do to save the planet - and how Congress is avoiding it.

The opening paragraphs let you know what is coming. It is worth a read, but be prepared to have something on hand to lift your spirits afterwards, because this is pretty depressing stuff.

Here's the good news about climate change: Energy and climate experts say the world already possesses the technological know-how for trimming greenhouse gas emissions enough to slow the perilous rise in the Earth's temperatures.

Here's the bad news: Because of the enormous cost of addressing global warming, the energy legislation considered by Congress so far will make barely a dent in the problem, while farther-reaching climate proposals stand a remote chance of passage.


2 Comments:

Anonymous Mark said...

The list of failures of the current Congress is long. Depressing. Does anyone remember the votes of 2006?

3:42 PM  
Blogger TomCat said...

Until and unless the Dems have a strong majority in the House (as they do) and a supermajority (filibuster-proof) in the Senate, nothing meaningful will happen on any front, due to GOP obstruction.

2:53 PM  

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