Grist and Climate Politics
by Matt Stoller, Thu May 17, 2007 at 02:04:12 PM EDT
Bill Richardson came out with his energy plan today. Dodd, Edwards, and Richardson are now out with proposals to deal with climate change, even as it becomes clearer every day that we dramatically underestimated the scope of the problem. I'm nearing the point where I cannot take a candidate seriously who does not make a drastic cut in carbon their top priority. If we don't deal with this now, our civilization is over. It's that simple.
With that said, it's worth noting that Obama's climate plan is nonsense and a sop to the coal industry (in contrast to Jon Tester, who is responsible and sees a role for coal). This isn't a deal-killer, since no plans actually get implemented exactly as written in a Presidential campaign, but it should disabuse all of us of the notion that Obama represents a new kind of politics or is a progressive. He's not. At this point, he's just another centrist candidate pushing incrementalist policies. There's no there there.
I don't know anything about Clinton's plan, while Grist seems to like that of John Edwards. Other friends I respect say that Edwards' plan makes a lot of sense. Regardless of the nominee, expect to hear lots of carping from wingnuts about how much carbon is being used discussing global warming. And I'm going to guess that the emergency is going to become more obvious every year, as the dialogue has changed dramatically this year. So the political capital for extreme action will be there in a year or so.