Unless the Democrats manage to blow the ’08 elections, or some other calamity strikes, a president who is ready to seriously confront the climate crisis will be sworn into office in January 2009. Following in the footsteps of other Democratic candidates, Joe Biden unveiled his climate and energy plan on November 20, 2007.

Biden’s plan looks a little bit generic compared with the offerings we’ve seen from Edwards, Dodd, Richardson, Obama, and most recently, Hillary Clinton, which are all either more ambitious or more detailed. He sets the right targets, though, albeit with a nod at all of the expected interest groups — both good (solar and wind) and bad (coal and corn).

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Now if we could only get past the whole filibuster problem …

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