for National Geographic News Published July 30, 2010
For advocates of action on climate change, it seems like a long time since the hopeful first days of the Obama administration. Then, the political landscape appeared to have shifted into place to build a comprehensive program to limit U.S. fossil fuel emissions and pave the way to an international agreement.
But if the Senate takes up an energy measure at all before the August recess, it will steer well clear of any effort to tackle greenhouse gas emissions. With Republicans firmly against the market-based cap-and-trade system (effectively re-branding it an untenable “energy tax,”) and political will crumpled within the Democratic Party, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said he did not have enough votes to bring a comprehensive climate bill to the floor.
Some environmentalists are pursuing an uphill battle to include a boost for renewable energy in a narrow energy bill crafted mainly as a response to the Gulf oil spill, but time is running out on any action in this Congress to change the way America powers its transportation, homes and businesses. That means that the world’s largest historical emitter of carbon pollution will arrive this December at international climate talks in Cancun, Mexico, without a plan for curbing them—just as it did a year earlier in Copenhagen. Before advocates find their new path forward, they are puzzling over how they reached this dead end.
My name is Patrick M McCormick and I have created this blog as a platform for my political views as well as those of select contributors.
I believe that American Politicians have lost sight of their goal: To uphold the Constitution and protect the rights of the people of the United States. They argue and bicker on the floor of their respective houses, positioning themselves for the next election, while they accomplish very little business for the citizens of this country.
Meanwhile our economy is sliding downward. Millions of our precious jobs have have been exported overseas. Our social safety net and other public services are being cut. Our middle class is rapidly disappearing and the numbers of citizens existing below the poverty line is increasing dramatically.
I plan to examine the causes of these terrible changes to our American way of life. Your comments will help us all arrive at some important conclusions.