Monday, June 29, 2009

Waxman-Markey

I think it's a problem that not one member of the Louisiana Congressional Delegation voted for the Waxman-Markey climate change bill. I certainly wouldn't expect a plurality to do so given how important oil jobs are to our state's economy but given that this state is already feeling the consequences of rising seas, I certainly would think that a little diversity of opinion on the matter would be helpful.

We act like only there's only one sharp edge to the sword.

4 comments:

Maitri said...

Somehow Lousiana politicians have not been able to put climate change and the results of this study together. As long as nothing is submerged in their immediate lifetimes and/or interferes with their easy money-making.

Clay said...

http://www.fivethirtyeight.com/2009/06/cap-and-trade-state-by-state.html

That cap and trade bill hits Louisiana far harder than it should. Louisiana is shouldering a far higher burden than New York, Texas, or even California. Let's do something, but this isn't anything close to a solution.

E said...

That's reasonable Clay - climate change is kind of a wolf-by-the-ears for Louisiana because of how dependent families are on income derived from jobs that exacerbate our little existential problem - but currently I don't see a single Louisiana pol that would be willing to vote on ANY climate change bill. For our Congressional delegation it seems to be a matter of principle to be in denial.

E said...

Except at this point some of their kids actually will be alive... 2100 isn't so far away.