Despite the Environmental Protection Agency’s recent finding that greenhouse gases will harm the environment and people’s health, three Republican legislators have drafted a bill to gut the Clean Air Act. They cite outsourcing of jobs and higher energy costs as reasons to restrict the EPA’s authority to regulate climate change. Specifically, their bill would end regulation of carbon dioxide emissions and prevent federal enforcement of state climate change laws. The two parties see climate change very differently. In the last Congress, Democrats passed a cap-and-trade bill in the House but the bill died in the Senate. Now the Republicans have a majority in the House. Current Speaker John Boehner, a climate skeptic, will ensure House passage of the new bill, but Senate passage is unlikely. SC
The dust has settled at COP27, the 27th United Nations Climate Conference at Sharm El-Sheikh in Egypt where a record 45,000 people registered to attend. The longest running summit of all the conferences, agreements made in the final moments has left us all with hope but also doubts.