Consistently increasing temperatures, sea level and ocean acidification are making it clear that strong government action to confront climate change is needed. The marketplace forces that are supposed by some to automatically keep society running smoothly have been not been acting to change the polluting human activities that have led to climate change. On the contrary, they have worked to make the climate crisis worse.
Yesterday, a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives stepped up to deal with the issue – by protecting the market forces that have led to the climate crisis in the first place. Congressman Nick Rahall introduced H.R. 1486, legislation that would make it against the law for the government to shift the expense of carbon dioxide pollution from individuals and small businesses to the corporations that release the pollution in the first place. Rahall’s bill would ban an entire category of action to confront climate change, with the goal of protecting the dirty energy dominance of fossil fuels corporations.
With Democrats like this, who needs Republicans?