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Reid Detchon

Reid Detchon

Reid Detchon is vice president for energy and climate at the United Nations Foundation. He also serves as executive director of the Energy Future Coalition, a broad-based non-partisan public policy initiative focused on oil dependence, climate change, and global energy poverty.

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Ignore the bumps in the road

Lindsey Graham gets it. The Senator from South Carolina, a conservative, an independent thinker, and a man of political courage, understands that the economic future of the United States is deeply intertwined with legislation that will restore U.S. leadership in energy technology for an inevitable future: a world with limits on carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases.

"Six months ago my biggest worry was that an emissions deal would make American business less competitive compared to China," Graham said in January. "Now my concern is that every day that we delay trying to find a price for carbon is a day that China
uses to dominate the green economy."

Graham has been working closely with Sen. John Kerry, who has been tireless in his efforts to build a 60-vote coalition for an energy-and-climate bill, and he says his partners and even the White House have been reasonable and responsive.

But Graham didn't just fall off a turnip truck. When Majority Leader Harry Reid said he wanted to turn to immigration reform -- without consulting Graham, who has been working with Sen. Chuck Schumer on that issue, too -- Graham felt insulted, aggrieved, and underappreciated.

Tempers will cool, and good sense may yet prevail. There is no way on earth that immigration reform is going to be enacted this year. The energy bill was gaining traction when Graham took a walk, and the conditions for success are still there: Utilities and other businesses want more certainty against which to plan capital investment. The President wants action. Even Larry Summers wants action.

For our economic future as a country and for our environmental future as a planet, this legislation must be revived.

By Reid Detchon  |  April 29, 2010; 11:26 PM ET Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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So you are afraid that the Chinese will dominate the one or two percent of the US economy that can be defined as 'green'? The Chinese will produce windmills and solar panels at lower cost than they can by produced in the US because they have a labor cost advantage and the technology advantage also.

If we hamstring our economy to reduce CO2 emissions, the Chinese will laugh all the way to the bank. Because the Chinese are not going to be hamstringing their own economy based on half-baked sloppily constructed computer models. But they will sell us all the green junk we can afford to buy, and when we scrap it because it is basically worthless without continuing government subsidy, maybe they will recycle it for us.

Posted by: AGWsceptic99 | May 5, 2010 12:35 PM
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Why doesn't Mr. Detchon tell us how many millions of metric tones of Carbon (dioxide) a harmless gas, and the other real nasty stuff, Sulfur Dioxide, Oxides of Nitrogen, particulates and other toxic emissions are being spewed forth by the volcanic eruption in Iceland?

Carbon Dioxide, unlike the others being released by this latest eruption, is a harmless, non-toxic gas that not only is the fizz in your soft drinks and beer, but a necessary component of our breathable atmosphere. It seems in order for plants through the process of photosynthesis, to produce the oxygen we breathe, must take in carbon dioxide for their very existence.

You global warming disciples and panderers to the global warming fraud true believers had better believe this. If carbon dioxide is removed in substantial amounts from our atmosphere, we will all perish.

Posted by: jsbar | May 1, 2010 11:10 AM
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Nor is there any way that the Senate's Climate bill will be enacted this year.

The science surrounding global warming and climate change is so badly flawed that even the new director of Britain's CRU says that thee is virtually no evidence of global warming nor that man has influenced climate change.

The entire exercise is about money, and how best to take it from Americans.

Posted by: mike85 | May 1, 2010 10:46 AM
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Mr. Detchon's writings parrot t5he rhetoric coming from UN officials. While China currently pollutes the atmosphere more than other industrialized countries combined, Mr. Detchon is anxious for America to hamstring itself and become a second rate power. At the same time individuals like Detchon want America to indemnify even China for CO2 emissions that the United States allegedly did in the 20th century.

Posted by: sperrico | May 1, 2010 10:10 AM
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