Cool Green Morning: Friday, June 26

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Published on June 26th, 2009  |  Discuss This Article  

Today, if all goes according to plan, the House of Representatives will — for the first time in history — vote on climate change legislation. In support of this historic occasion, Cool Green Morning offers up five must-read stories on the American Clean Energy and Security Act (ACES).

  1. Writing for The Huffington Post, Bill Scher comes out in favor of ACES, saying that if the rest of the world enacted the provisions of the bill, global greenhouse gas concentrations would remain below 450 parts per million — enough, some scientists say, to avoid the worst of the worst from climate change. (Though he also acknowledges that the bill needs some work.)
  2. Washington Post business columnist Steven Pearlstein doesn’t like the heavy influence the Farm Lobby has had in forming climate change legislation. He notes that outside the ski industry, farmers face the biggest economic hit from the effects of climate change.
  3. A quick snapshot of the nation’s editorial pages shows support for the bill: The Philadelphia Inquire strongly supports the bill in the East, while the Seattle Times supports it in the West. On the national pages, the Washington Post says the bill is not strong enough while the New York Times urges passage, noting “Approval would show that the United States is ready to lead and would pressure other countries to follow. Rejection could mean more wasted years and more damage to the planet.”
  4. The Island of Doubt’s James Hrynyshyn agonizes over whether he should support a bill that he thinks may be too weak to get the job done. His final decision? Support it, because “if the U.S. doesn’t go to Copenhagen in six months with climate legislation of some kind, already signed by the President, then the chances of a useful international treaty shrink significantly.”
  5. Finally, all politics is local — especially in the House of Representatives. Politico looks at the struggles House moderates on both sides of the aisle face when choosing to vote for or against the climate change bill. It also looks at the backroom whipping going on yesterday and today to get enough support to pass ACES.
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