Tuesday, November 14, 2006

The Highway to Hell

This disturbing news from the New York Times today suggests environmental issues are not likely to gain much momentum in the next congress, despite this much-needed replacement:
Senator Barbara Boxer, Democrat of California, who favors mandatory cuts in emissions linked to global warming, will become chairwoman of the Environment and Public Works Committee, replacing Senator James M. Inhofe, Republican of Oklahoma, who has called the scientific consensus on human-induced global warming “the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on mankind.”

Chew on this, Inhofe: Greenhouse emissions are up...WAY up from levels seen in the 1990s:
Research carried out for Unesco found on Friday that the rate of increase in emissions from burning fossil fuels between 2000 and 2005 was four times that between 1990 and 2000.

What is required before we begin to take this problem seriously? Six years of the Bush Administration has essentially blinded Americans to many unpleasantries which are screaming for attention. By the time our national hangover wears off in 2008 we're going to reflect back on these years and mourn the wasted opportunities, not to mention the squandering of a half-trillion dollars on a fool's endeavor.

The notion that an emerging middle-class in both India and China will have no detrimental effect on the environment is absurd.

The new congress will have more environmental sanity potential but
will it be enough?
Gene Karpinski, president of the League of Conservation Voters said:

"We want to be on offense, and many of these candidates come here having pledged to support new clean energy policies,"

Keep an eye on these two:
One is Senator-elect Jon Tester from Montana. He's a Democrat, an organic farmer, and a big supporter of alternative energy. Another is Democrat Jerry McNerney, a wind power entrepreneur from California.

McNerney defeated Rep. Richard Pombo (R-CA), who drove environmentalists crazy as head of the House Resources Committee. For years, Pombo tried to weaken the Endangered Species Act.

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