America Can Say Goodbye to Climate Change Legislation for Years to Come
July 23, 2010
(ChattahBox)— Say goodbye to a comprehensive energy bill that imposes restrictions on greenhouse gas emissions. America can also say goodbye to the full-scale development of jobs in green technology. With a super majority now needed in the Senate to overcome countless Republican filibusters and centrist Democrats breaking ranks, climate change legislation is dead, most likely for years to come. The Republicans, Democratic Senate corporatists and a prevailing anti-science, global warming denying madness that has taken over the nation, has killed any chance America has in the near future, to combat the economic and environmental dangers from climate change. It’s a depressing state of affairs for our nation, as we go backward instead of forward into the 21st century.
The House passed a sweeping energy bill last year, only to die a slow death in the dysfunctional Senate. The sponsors of the Senate version of the bill, Sens. John Kerry (D-MA) and Joe Lieberman (I-CT) are still committed to taking up the effort again in the fall, but that’s unlikely with the November elections looming.
When Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who helped write the bill, developed the vapors and walked away, it spelled the end for the energy measure. Not a single Republican signed on to the bill, despite multiple concessions made to GOP interests, during the months-long closed-door negotiations with big energy companies. And when centrist Democrats began running for the hills, as well, the end was near for a common-sense energy policy.
As reported by the Washington Post, the political outlook looks grim for a future comprehensive bill that caps greenhouse gases:
“Democrats have not ruled out pushing for a more extensive measure when Congress returns from its August recess or in the session after the November midterm elections, although it’s not clear that any of the Democrats or Republicans who now oppose a more expansive measure would change their minds. Republicans have long argued that the bill, by seeking to limit emissions, would lead to higher energy costs, a view that some conservative Democrats have also taken.”
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has seen the writing on the wall and instead, plans to introduce a narrow energy bill next week:
“Instead, Democrats will push for a more limited measure that would seek to increase liability costs that oil companies would pay following spills such as the one in the Gulf of Mexico. It also would create additional incentives for the development of natural gas vehicles and would provide rebates for products that reduce home energy use. Senate Democrats said they expected to find GOP support for the bill and pass it in the next two weeks.”
Reid’s proposed energy bill is not totally useless, but it’s a far cry from the comprehensive energy legislation our country needs.
It’s now up to the EPA to use its regulatory power to restrict greenhouse gas emissions.