Everyone knows that Ohio and the industrial Midwest have been hit especially hard by this recession. What many people don’t understand is that climate change legislation can make our region and our country stronger.
So writes Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown in an article in today’s Roll Call, “Clean Energy Can Bolster Industry.”
Nothing that Brown writes is terribly surprising coming from a progressive. But I thought the entire piece is worth reading to help correct the misimpression created Saturday by the Washington Post‘s top climate reporter, who wrote “cap-and-trade legislation … is fiercely opposed by a coalition of Republicans and Democrats from fossil-fuel-dependent Midwestern states.”
Brown would seem to be the poster child for fossil fuel dependent Midwestern states (notwithstanding the fact that all states are fossil fuel dependent). Yet he writes:
But clean energy policy is far more than a means of bolstering U.S. manufacturing. If we care about the world in which we live and the generations that will follow us, then we must no longer dismiss the lethal risks global warming poses to our planet. We must craft an aggressive strategy to combat global warming, and we must do it now….
Whether it’s reducing carbon emissions to combat global warming, increasing energy efficiency or securing U.S.-based energy sources, all of these goals underscore the importance of clean energy manufacturing….
Some people would say that our current economic crisis compels us to delay action on comprehensive climate change legislation. I disagree. Inaction is not an option. Capping carbon emissions can create new jobs in a clean energy economy. Without action, we face dangerous consequences. We risk the health of our citizens, the viability of our coastal areas, the productivity of our nation’s farms, forests and fisheries, and the long-term economic and national security of our country….
So much for “fiercely opposed” to cap-and-trade legislation.