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 (1720 Posts)

Craig McClain is the Assistant Director of Science for the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, created to facilitate research to address fundamental questions in evolutionary science. He has conducted deep-sea research for 11 years and published over 40 papers in the area. He has participated in dozens of expeditions taking him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses mainly on marine systems and particularly the biology of body size, biodiversity, and energy flow. He focuses often on deep-sea systems as a natural test of the consequences of energy limitation on biological systems. He is the author and chief editor of Deep-Sea News, a popular deep-sea themed blog, rated the number one ocean blog on the web and winner of numerous awards. Craig’s popular writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web.

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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