Oil Spill Disaster may help change Climate Bill for the better
If anything positive could possibly come out of the current Gulf Coast oil spill disaster, it might be that some recalcitrant Republican legislators may finally take a closer look at the details of the climate change bill and support a better bill.
The deadly oil slick slowly moving its way towards states whose Republican senators have been actively blocking the climate change legislation is carrying a hard message. Dirty energy is just that, and supporting dirty energy comes at a clear economic price.
To Florida’s Republican Senator, George LeMieux, that message is loud and clear. “We need to move heaven and earth to stop this from becoming an environmental disaster,” he said. With the Florida Everglades in danger from the oil spill, LeMieux might end up being the Republican vote that helps a climate change bill become reality.
It is well known that clean energy successes are usually paid for with dirty energy bribes, such as provisions for offshore drilling included in the current climate change bill. Perhaps the oil spill’s devastating cost will spur new debate on the faulty wisdom of trying to buy clean energy with dirty energy bribes.