The EPA has released an economic analysis of the climate-energy bill that could give the legislation a boost.
Few politicians want to debate the real costs of fighting climate change. Will, for example, gasoline be $5 a gallon or not? Perhaps a bill would pass if there were more honesty and openness about the real impact of hiking the price of carbon.
The American Power Act subsidizes natural gas for the trucking industry. A well-executed green conversion for the some three million trucks on road right now would not only reduce carbon emissions but add more than half-a-million green jobs to the economy.
A climate-energy bill – one intended to appeal to enough factions to proceed through the Senate – was unveiled Wednesday after months of negotiations. But it recently lost its Republican sponsor, complicating its future.
Linguist George Lakoff maintains that humans lack good ways to verbalize complex issues like climate change; the Monitor's language columnist tries to imagine things otherwise.