Good question — but don’t expect many useful answers from the Washington Post, even though “The Post asked politicians, academics and others whether the health-care debate has made it unlikely that climate change legislation will be passed in the near future.”
The Post isn’t really interested in asking people who might offer an objective opinion. The first answer they print is from Steven Hayward and Kenneth Green of the American Enterprise Institute. Hmm. I wonder if they’ll take the opportunity to diss the bill and environmentalists. Last year, Green gave a speech in which he asserted such standard right-wing denier falsehoods as:
We’re back to the average temperatures that prevailed in 1978….
No matter what you’ve been told, the technology to significantly reduce emissions is decades away and extremely costly.
[AEI seems to have removed the speech from their website (excerpts here) -- apparently they think people believe they are a center-right organization and don't know they spout far right-wing nonsense when they think they won't be caught.]
The second answer the Post prints is from a member of Congress — the only member actually featured in the print edition of the paper. One guess which member they chose. Yes, it was the uber-denier Senator James Inhofe (R-OIL). Seriously what exactly is the Washington Post thinking? Inhofe has spouted more disinformation on global warming than perhaps any other politician in the entire world. Does the Post really need to give him a platform to rail against the bill?