Weak Eco-Legislation Finds Support Among Major Green Organizations
Some Big Green environmental groups support eco-legislation that virtually ensures that the U.S. will fall far short of its greenhouse gas reduction goals
According to a March 21 article in The Nation, an overall rise in global temperatures of more than two degrees Celsius will destabilize the earth’s natural processes to the “tipping points” beyond which the climate that gave rise to civilization can exist. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has stated that to avoid this disaster developed nations must reduce their carbon pollution by a minimum of 25-40 percent by 2020. So why are some Big Green environmental groups supporting eco-legislation that virtually ensures that the U.S. will fall far short of its greenhouse gas reduction goals?
20 major environmental groups issued a statement on March 19 indicating they were ‘encouraged’ by eco-legislation sponsored by Senators John Kerry, Lindsey Graham, and Joe Lieberman even though the bill indicates a stated goal of only a 17 percent reduction in carbon pollution by 2020. This trails insufficient EU goals as well.
Some observers see unnecessary compromises with some major climate offenders in an effort to get legislation – any legislation – passed. If so, this support for weak eco-legislation is dangerous short-sightedness with irrevocable consequences.