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July 28, 2014

Climate Change a Polarizing Issue Under Obama

Timothy Cama comments on the widening divide between advocates and skeptics over climate change, “with both sides growing more certain of their convictions.”

“Experts and lawmakers broadly agree that climate change has become a more polarizing issue during President Obama’s time in the White House.”

“While Democrats feel that drastic government actions are necessary, Republicans are wary of taking aggressive steps that could stifle the economy, and question whether the scientific proof is strong enough to justify such action.”

“The skepticism of Republicans is exacerbated when Democratic lawmakers and Obama push for new regulations, such as the push for stricter fuel-efficiency standards for cars and trucks.”

“If there is on area of climate change policy where Republicans and Democrats can find common ground, it is on energy efficiency. Sens. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) have strong bipartisan support for legislation they’ve sponsored that would incentivize energy efficiency in homes, commercial buildings, industry and the federal government.”

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    “If there is on area of climate change policy where Republicans and Democrats can find common ground, it is on energy efficiency. Sens. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) have strong bipartisan support for legislation they’ve sponsored that would incentivize energy efficiency in homes, commercial buildings, industry and the federal government.”

    It’s about damn time! I’ve been hoping the eco-environmental community would take this approach for years now, as it is a lot less confrontational than banning coal-fired plants, appeals to the business community’s supposed sense of thrift, and undercuts conservative objections.

    Increasing the energy efficiency of homes and large buildings both private and public would have a sizable impact on the amount of energy needed for heating and cooling — and on our warming “signature,” especially from those energy plants. It would also create a lot of new jobs retrofitting existing buildings, etc.

    I would rather these new efficiencies be made mandatory within a reasonable window of time, but this is better than nothing. And surely saving money on energy costs is something everyone can agree on — even Republicans who are always dead-sure that government is a profligate wastrel.

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