Sen. Sanders (I-VT): “This bill must be strengthened.”

I’m glad my Republican friends are so interested in high gasoline prices, and we’re going to give them the opportunity in the coming days to stand up to those causing oil prices to be so high.

This is a very important start, but in my view, and in view of most scientists, this bill must be strengthened in a number of ways.

Runs through the basic IPCC conclusions. What does unchecked emissions of greenhouse gases mean? An increase in human misery and death. Major decrease in fresh-water availability around the world. Spain is desertifying.

The world is crying out American leadership.

The problem is solvable, and it’s not as hard as many people believe.

We know what has to be done. It is not a mystery. What must be done?

This challenge is much easier than the challenge faced by the Congress of 1941 after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor.

We must move aggressively toward energy efficiency in every aspect of our lives. Vermont has added users and increased economic growth while cutting electricity use.

Given how inefficient our vehicle fleet is, we can’t help but make large advances. Hybrids will give us 50 mpg cars. EVs will do better. Mass transit. We can and must build a modern rail system.

The cheapest energy is the energy we don’t use.

Wind, solar, geothermal, biomass.

We have barely begun to tap the potential of wind. Bush Adminstration says it could be 20%.

In terms of solar power, the potentials is almost unlimited. Concentrated solar thermal power plants are being built today that can provide almost as much power as a nuclear plant. CSP could be 25%.

Also PV. This is an exploding technology [not literally!]

We will create millions of high-paying jobs as we transform our economy.

INHOFE: I don’t think the science is settled, but I said yesterday that for the purpose of this bill, let’s assume the science is there. There can be no debate as to whether jobs are going to be lost. Blah, blah, blah.

3 Responses to Sen. Sanders (I-VT): “This bill must be strengthened.”

  1. Mr.Mom says:

    I am proud to be a Vermonter

  2. Mauri Pelto says:

    I tied to watch some, as a climate scientist who likes politics it seemed like it would be fun. It was torture, the misconstrued nature of each senators viewpoints on the issue, illustrated just how lacking in full comprehension they are. Is it possible to get good legislation from a group that sounded that unknowledgable?

  3. Joe says:

    “Is it possible to get good legislation from a group that sounded that unknowledgable?”
    No. That is the tragedy. We have the leaders we deserve, not the ones we need.