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THE QUESTION

How will coal, oil disasters affect the climate bill?

Why, after a deadly explosion at a West Virginia coal mine and a massive oil spill in the Gulf, does climate legislation appear to have so little momentum in the Senate? Why haven't these signals of the downsides of fossil fuels created more political support for the cause of fighting climate change?

Posted by Rachel Saslow on May 13, 2010 12:50 PM
FROM THE PANEL

Tyranny of the urgent

Climate change is not as immediate nor proven as say the problem of illegal immigration. Certainly it would be best to find a balance, but it seems that some want to "solve" short-term problems at the expense of longer term ones.

Posted by Rick Edmund, on May 14, 2010 2:23 PM

Stop stalling on climate change

While the American people and green groups are beyond frustrated that they haven't acted, Senators could always argue the time wasn't quite right. But today is different. Here's why.

Posted by Jennifer L. Morgan, on May 12, 2010 12:54 PM

Climate proposals fall short

The suggestion that two accidents should generate more support for climate change legislation implies that legislation could reduce risks associated with energy production without damaging our economic wellbeing. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Posted by William O'Keefe, on May 11, 2010 3:00 PM

A reelection issue

Politicians care about really important questions like, might this vote hurt my chances of re-election? And at the moment we don't have a movement strong enough to punish or reward anyone.

Posted by Bill McKibben, on May 11, 2010 2:52 PM

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