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?
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.
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