How Senate & White House Killed Climate Legislation

This week’s New Yorker has a behind-the-scene story on how the Senate and the White House missed their best chance to pass federal climate and energy legislation.

Since I spent the last year working to support comprehensive federal climate and energy legislation, I found the article to be extremely insightful. Generally, I find President Obama to be doing a good job, but with regards to climate change, he did not lead. His refusal to lead, combined with the Senate inaction, killed the bill in July 2010.

Check out the article by clicking here.

Treehugger also has a list of seven things that killed the climate bill. I agree with the list but will add the eighth factor that contributed to the bill’s demise – apathetic American public.

As Ryan Lizza reports in his New Yorker article, the Pew Research Center conducted a poll in January 2010 asking Americans to rank the importance of twenty-one issues. Climate change came in last.

Why would our representatives do something about climate change when it is of no importance to us?

It is easy to blame politicians for not doing something about climate change, but what have you done about climate change? How many times did you talk to your representatives about climate change this year? How many times did you voice your support for climate action this year?

It takes all of us – the White House, the Senate and American public – to deal with climate change.

Next time the Congress decides to deal with climate change, please don’t remain silent. Talk to your representatives. Voice your support. Because if we don’t, we will miss the boat again, and we can no longer afford to not deal with climate change.


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