Here’s some context on the climate bill by NYT’s Andy Revkin, from his blog, Dot Earth. Andy seems to walk a fine line on his views on the bill. For example, he says:
As Democratic leaders work to round up the last, toughest House votes for the American Clean Energy and Security Act, as lobbyists and activists frenetically fight for and against the bill, as Twitterers debate, it’s important to step back just a little and explore what this bill, even at its best, could accomplish.
Even if it’s cheaper than Republican foes assert, even if provisions added to satisfy particular constituencies don’t blunt its impact on emissions, as some worry, even if the Senate moves and President Obama signs a climate bill into law, will it matter to the climate?
Here’s how Mr. Brown of Britain described that challenge in his London speech (prepared text):
Success will require two major shifts in how we think – as policy makers, as campaigners, as consumers, as producers, as a society. The first is to think not in political or economic cycles; not just in terms of years or even decadelong programs and initiatives. But to think in terms of epochs and eras — and how our stewardship will be judged not by tomorrow’s newspapers but by tomorrow’s children.
He ends his post by asking, “Do you think societies are capable of such shifts?”