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Let’s get a move on, people

Why did the climate bill die? Because we still don’t have a real climate movement

No more waiting at the stop sign. It’s time to get moving!Photo courtesy of katiecampbell via flickr We now know the U.S. Senate will not pass climate-change legislation this year. Postmortems have pointed to a number of challenges: the lack of leadership from the White House, unified GOP opposition to the Senate cap-and-trade bill, the structure and rules of the Senate, and the complicated nature of cap-and-trade legislation. There has been one major omission in much of this analysis: the absence of pressure from Americans across the country demanding that serious action be taken to address climate change. Few Americans …


A tale of two issues

Why immigration reform is getting more traction than climate change in the Senate

Sen. Lindsey Graham's (R-S.C.) decision to withdraw from discussions with his Senate colleagues regarding climate legislation has been greeted by some well-meaning environmentalists as a reason to bash President Barack Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) for their alleged lack of commitment to climate legislation. I think this is a mistake. Instead, the environmental community should examine its own limitations in trying to make sense out of this situation. Graham blasted what he described as "a decision by the Obama administration and Senate Democratic leadership to move immigration instead of energy." Instead of reflexively agreeing with Graham and …