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Suggestions for fighting global warming, focusing on desirable government actions; click for larger imageBy CREDO

Representatives of the coal, utility and auto industries in the Senate have refused to exercise leadership on climate change. It's time for President Obama to use his executive power through the Environmental Protection Agency and take action on global warming.

On Wednesday, 26 Democrats joined Republicans in the Senate and voted to ensure that the filibuster will be used to block any meaningful climate legislation this year. The rule passed prohibits Congress from using the budget reconciliation process to pass real action on climate. Any truly effective bill will surely suffer death by filibuster because there are more than 40 Senators committed to deferring any real action on climate change that would threaten the coal, oil, and auto industries.

This betrayal by Democrats on one of the most important issues of our time, is deeply disappointing. However, President Obama doesn't need Congress' help to take a very important step: Regulating carbon.

During the Bush administration, EPA administrators rejected scientists' findings on the dangers of carbon. But on March 20, the Obama Administration's EPA finally submitted a long-awaited "endangerment finding" to the White House. Now with this finding, President Obama can order the EPA to reduce carbon emissions, including those from coal burning utilities.

With Congress dragging its feet on progress, the time for President Obama to act is now.

Sign this petition today to ask President Obama to approve the EPA endangerment finding and regulate carbon emissions now

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Comment by: City Worker (Apr-7-2009)   
On second thought, yes, this is too important an issue for one to be bogged down by pettiness. Action should be taken now.
Comment by:  PT (David Alexander) (Apr-6-2009)   Web site

CW, that is fine. It will be when there is a mass movement for environment, it will be unavoidable. Until then everyone will do what they must.
Comment by: City Worker (Apr-6-2009)   

I agree with what is said in the petition. My problem is that my focus is on global warming, and I am not familiar with CREDO and what other causes they deal with. I, personally prefer --- now I don't know about 350 either --- but personally prefer raising my voice among those with a more focused stance.
Comment by: auntiegrav (auntiegrav) (Apr-6-2009)   

"Register with the Green Party and vote Green in the next election - your Democratic representatives will get the message real fast."

Not unless the Green Party starts pumping oil out of the ground at 20 bucks/bbl.

Geez. Do I sound cynical to you?
Comment by: greenferret (Apr-6-2009)   Web site

Register with the Green Party and vote Green in the next election - your Democratic representatives will get the message real fast.
Comment by:  PT (David Alexander) (Apr-6-2009)   Web site

Yes, consumption is bad, especially the extremely drug-resistant variety. If in doubt what that means, check an old dictionary.

AG, I am glad to see you are (grudgingly) willing to sign a petition for a carbon tax and other carbon regulation. It is a step in the right direction, and far better than cap-and-trade. Societal evolution, in the good sense of the phrase.
Comment by: auntiegrav (auntiegrav) (Apr-6-2009)   

I guess so., yeah., I'll sign.

I would rather see everyone focus their attention on a consumption tax, though. Consumption is the problem that leads to all of these things. The only real debate should be over how to set the amount.

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