Snowfall Now A Factor In Climate Change DebateFebruary 10, 2010 - by Eric Naing
For the past week, the primary topic of conversation in Washington, D.C. has been the record snowfall that continues to bury the city. Now some Republican lawmakers are citing the blizzard as a reason to kill comprehensive climate change legislation.
But even Democrats are acknowledging the impact the snow is having on the climate change debate:
“It makes it more challenging for folks not taking time to review the scientific arguments,” said Sen. Jeff Bingaman [D, NM]. “People see the world around them and they extrapolate. I think that it’s hard to see an economy-wide cap-and-trade [proposal] of the type that passed the House could prevail.”
As the Senate struggles to pass comprehensive climate change legislation to accompany the House bill (H.R.2454) passed last year, advocates of capping carbon emissions are not giving up.
Sen. John Kerry [D, MA], who introduced his own cap-and-trade bill (S.1733), says those who are predicting the death of comprehensive climate change legislation are “dead wrong.” Kerry vows to continue pushing the issue this year.
But Kerry’s fight will continue to get harder as the debate shifts from regulating carbon to jobs and clean energy.