Waxman-Markey Passes House Energy & Commerce Committee

Excellent news, but there’s a long road yet to travel.

The American political system provides many, many, many veto points at which change can be blocked—a major bill needs concurrent majorities in several committees along with a majority in the House and a super-majority in the Senate. This can be beneficial at times, but in general it provides many opportunities for special interests to block measures that serve the public interest.