Moving forward too slowly?

From the New York Times…

The House passed legislation on Friday intended to address global warming and transform the way the nation produces and uses energy.  The vote was the first time either house of Congress had approved a bill meant to curb the heat-trapping gases scientists have linked to climate change. The legislation, which passed despite deep divisions among Democrats, could lead to profound changes in many sectors of the economy, including electric power generation, agriculture, manufacturing and construction. The bill’s passage, by 219 to 212, with 44 Democrats voting against it, also established a marker for the United States when international negotiations on a new climate change treaty begin later this year.

A step of the right direction, but many conservation organizations feel the legistation falls well short of what where we need to be and well behind the EU.  I also find it disheartening that admist the general public support and unequivocal evidence for global warming that the vote was 219-212.

Dr. M (1729 Posts)

Craig McClain is the Assistant Director of Science for the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, a National Science Foundation supported initiative. He has conducted deep-sea research for 20 years and published over 50 papers in the area. He has participated in and led dozens of oceanographic expeditions taken him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses on how energy drives the biology of marine invertebrates from individuals to ecosystems, specifically, seeking to uncover how organisms are adapted to different levels of carbon availability, i.e. food, and how this determines the kinds and number of species in different parts of the oceans. Craig’s research has been featured on National Public Radio, Discovery Channel, Fox News, National Geographic and ABC News. In addition to his scientific research, Craig also advocates the need for scientists to connect with the public and is the founder and chief editor of the acclaimed Deep-Sea News (, a popular ocean-themed blog that has won numerous awards. His writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web. His forthcoming book, Science of the South (, connects cultural icons of South such as pecan pie with the science behind them.

One comment on “Moving forward too slowly?
  1. I definitely agree! I find a lot of people are in denial about global warming and therefore, do not see any real immediate reason to rethink and redo our traditional ways of producing energy or preserving what we have at this point in time. I have a young infant daughter, and I am appalled at what the earth will be like for her unless we do something now. The vote should never have been that close. Have they traveled and seen for themselves what is happening or are they too busy looking out for themselves? Hmmmm!

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