In many ways the bill is a set of first steps toward something much better, or at least one would hope. It does read like it was written by powerful people who see the problems of climate change and energy security not as nearer term crises, but as slow roll issues that are looming somewhere in a future horizon. It also shows some of the difficult tradeoffs between energy security and environmental security being handled in tough-minded political ways.
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Senate Energy Bill Love or Hate
The National Journal recently put out a question asking how folks liked the recently approved Senate Energy bill (details here). Good responses from energy company execs and other senior leaders came back, but I particularly liked the balance and focus on realism in the one submitted by Econ professor Paul Sullivan of NDU: