In his State of the Union Address this year, President Barack Obama declared that he’s not going to even try to get any comprehensive legislation to deal with climate change passed. Prominent Democrats have blamed Obama’s climate surrender on Republicans who, controlling the House of Representatives, won’t allow environmental legislation through.
What the Blame-The-Republicans theory overlooks is that Barack Obama abandoned the effort to pass climate legislation just a few months after he got into office, during a time when Democrats had strong majorities in both the U.S. House and the U.S. Senate. Obama never applied pressure – to either Republicans or Democrats – to get a climate bill passed.
This earlier failure by Democrats to exert a reasonable effort to advance strong legislation to slow the impact of climate change is being repeated in the current session of Congress. In October, Representative Peter Stark introduced the Save Our Climate Act, H.R. 3242, which would create a carbon tax. Only a handful of Democrats are supporting the legislation.
The truth is that we are all paying a carbon tax already. We’re paying direct costs in dealing with erratic weather events and increased food prices. We’re paying higher taxes in disaster relief, and to fund planning for coastal defenses against rising sea levels. Creating an official carbon tax therefore doesn’t really create a new economic coast. It merely transfers the cost to the big corporations that are creating the expensive climate crisis in the first place.
Sadly, most Democrats in the House of Representatives do not support the Save Our Climate Act. They’re allowing it to languish, while the climate continues to drift further out of its natural range.
Only Congressman Stark and twelve other U.S. Representatives have co-sponsored the Save Our Climnate Act. Their names are: