Saturday, June 27, 2009
And Now It's Energy
I really get tired of Republican foot dragging tactics. I just watched Wall Street Journal editorial writer Stephen Moore on CNN's Your Money with Allie Velcher talking about this being the absolute worst time to implement the Waxman-Markey, or American Clean Energy and Security Act, because of the state of our economy. They (the Repugnicans) just don't get that they (their party) have been dragging their feet and and putting off action on this issue for nearly four decades now, even refusing to endorse the Kyoto accord by claiming that that would hurt the U.S. economy. Had they acted sometime earlier in that four decade period we would be much further ahead with our sustainable green economy, more energy self-sufficient and much less vulnerable to international terrorism and petro-blackmail. Hell, we probably would not even be in Iraq if we were less dependent on foreign oil, as we could have and should have been 25 or 30 years ago. Their resistance to change in our wasteful energy habits and inaction on the global warming issue have put us in the urgent situation we are now in. So if now is not the appropriate time, what time would they consider to be appropriate? The global threat of green house warming far supercedes the condition of the U.S. economy. We have been warned by legions of reputable climatologists and atmospheric scientists that further delay in reducing green house gas emissions could be catastrophic. It may even be already too late. This bill just passed in the house may cost U.S. consumers $10 to $15 per month in increased energy costs. A very small price indeed to pay for a sustainable green future!