Today’s top green politics stories:
Congress’ Failure to Act on Energy & Climate is a National Security Threat
A new post by Bill Becker of Third Generation Environmentalism on Climate Progress indicates how lack of action, by Congress, on energy and the climate threatens our national security, in more ways than one.
“The most serious threat to U.S. national security and economic health today is not not al Qaeda or a nuclear Iran or the price of gasoline,” Becker’s introduction notes.
“No, at the moment the gravest threat is our own inability to take action on fundamental threats, like global warming. The jeopardy we are in is doubled by a Congress that is either incapable of or unwilling to act.”
Obama Supports TransCanada’s Idea to Start First Leg of Tar Sands Keystone XL Pipeline
Say what? I thought he rejected that thing?! He did, sort of…. The permit was refused since adequate time was not given to conducting an environmental review. However, the administration just gave the go-ahead for the company to start work on the southern portion of what could be that oil pipeline, a portion facing less controversy. This portion would run from Cushing, Oklahoma to Port Arthur, Texas.
Conservative Economist Pushed for Carbon Tax
Conservative economist Arthur B. Laffer, while somewhat neutral on the urgency of addressing global warming (let’s not get into it), thinks that a tax on carbon dioxide could be a great move forward for the United States. “We need to impose a tax on the thing we want less of (carbon dioxide) and reduce taxes on the things we want more of (income and jobs),” Lafter and Rep. Bob Inglis (Republican) wrote in a New York Times editorial recently. “A carbon tax would attach the national security and environmental costs to carbon-based fuels like oil, causing the market to recognize the price of these negative externalities.”
100 Industry Groups Attack EPA Rules to Help Stop Global Warming
Oh, it’s a sad day when humans don’t even want to protect themselves and future generations from the catastrophes of global warming due to short-term greed. “U.S. limits on greenhouse gas emissions face a challenge in federal court this week from more than 100 industry groups and several U.S. states, the latest high-profile effort to halt or overturn the Environmental Protection Agency’s rules,” Reuters reports.