Is This What the Kids Call Progress?
A slew of new climate legislation heads to Congress
What a difference an election makes. After years of see-no-evil, hear-no-evil, be-really-evil, Congress is abuzz with forward movement on climate change. No less than four bills on climate look poised to go before the Senate, with big names like Sens. McCain, Obama, Boxer, and Feinstein jostling for attention. Just yesterday, Feinstein and Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), joined by six electric industry execs, introduced separate bills that would cap emissions from electrical plants. Over in the House, Speaker Pelosi has given Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.) a noogie, announcing the formation of a select committee on climate change that would, among other things, steal the spotlight from foot-dragging Dingell’s House Energy Committee. David Roberts susses out who’s offering what — and who’s doing what to whom — in the newly active Congress.