(Whitney Forster) - Just weeks ago it would have seemed like a pipe dream, but now it really looks as though the climate bill has a good chance of passing the Senate this year. In his Washington Post column today, Steven Perelstein predicts that now that the passage of healthcare has cleared the air (so to speak) for the new climate plan led by Senators Kerry, Graham and Lieberman that some say will be released by Earth Day (April 22).
According to the Post, “there looks to be a 50-50 chance the Senate will pass a simpler and more moderate version of a bill this year that would begin to substantially reduce carbon emissions in the United States.”
Increasingly, big business is coming around to the idea that changes that benefit the environment also benefit their bottom lines, in the form of increased efficiency and cost savings. It’s time the government got serious about environmental change and the US showed real leadership to the world.