NY Times Blog
Friday, February 12, 2010
Jonathan Rose is chairman of the board of the Garrison Institute, president of Jonathan Rose Companies and board member of the Natural Resources Defense Council.
The Earth is warming, which is changing weather patterns and often causing localized weather volatility as opposed to localized warming. Extreme storms, droughts, intense rains, unusual amounts of snow or lack of snow are all signs of global warming. People know the weather is getting less predictable. They call it “weird weather.”
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Washington has just broken snowfall records, but even so, economic risks feel much more immediate than climate volatility, complicating climate legislation.
Progressives criticize cap and trade for giving too much to coal, nuclear, corn and other special interests and not enough to ordinary people facing higher energy costs. Conservatives criticize it for creating another burdensome government program when the economy has enough problems. The Senate has to somehow balance these concerns. The proposed Cantwell-Collins CLEAR Act might help move us forward, but it might be a long road in the current political environment.