The New York Times recently included two notable commentaries on the abandonment of efforts toward climate change legislation. Andrew Revkin takes President Obama to task for abdicating leadership on the issue. Tom Friedman takes a broader view, highlighting the public’s failure to demand action and the the role of climate change deniers.
Both of these commentaries, especially Friedman’s, could be useful to include in readings for a class discussing the lack of climate change legislation in the U.S. The obvious question, then, is where do we go from here? From a legal perspective, we continue to look to state & local efforts, while pushing EPA to use the Clean Air Act as muscularly as possible. Both of these, hopefully, could play a role in changing the political landscape as regulated entities will come to seek the predictability of comprehensive national legislation.