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“GOP plans attacks on the EPA and climate scientists”

For those who couldn’t see where all this was heading, read this LA Times article.

Dreams of a “post-partisan”  compromise clean energy “breakthrough” under a Republican-led House are just that- dreams.

UPDATE: Here’s James Fallows on the prospects of clean energy investment in a “divided” (i.e. GOP-led House) US government:

When a party is willing to hamstring the country’s overall prospects, as “collateral damage” in its effort to weaken the other party, the results are bad for everybody. To choose one example, about which I have more to say in an upcoming magazine article: Everybody knows that “green tech” / “clean tech” businesses of many descriptions are going to be a future source of jobs, wealth, influence, and growth. The Chinese government, as we’ve read so often, is putting a lot of money behind them — and will keep doing so over the next decade. The U.S. government has started making such investments in the past couple of years — but these will surely become hostage to “divided government,” since stopping them will be a way of “stopping Obama.” And what will really be stopped is America’s future share of such jobs, wealth, influence, and growth, since you can’t develop these projects through short-term, stop-start spending. Sigh. Rather, Grrrrrr.

Eighteen of the US’s top science organizations urge Congress to reduce emissions

Via Science Insider, the statement reads in part:

For the United States, climate change impacts include sea level rise for coastal states, greater threats of extreme weather events, and increased risk of regional water scarcity, urban heat waves, western wildfires, and the disturbance of biological systems throughout the country. The severity of climate change impacts is expected to increase substantially in the coming decades. If we are to avoid the most severe impacts of climate change, emissions of greenhouse gases must be dramatically reduced.

The endorsing organizations:

  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • American Chemical Society
  • American Geophysical Union
  • American Institute of Biological Sciences
  • American Meteorological Society
  • American Society of Agronomy
  • American Society of Plant Biologists
  • American Statistical Association
  • Association of Ecosystem Research Centers
  • Botanical Society of America
  • Crop Science Society of America
  • Ecological Society of America
  • Natural Science Collections Alliance
  • Organization of Biological Field Stations
  • Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics
  • Society of Systematic Biologists
  • Soil Science Society of America
  • University Corporation for Atmospheric Research

This is in line with international calls from the national science academies of dozens of nations in combating climate change and ocean acidification.

American Statistical Association

The Mustache of Justice

Charles Homans has an interesting profile of Henry Waxman for Washington Monthly and “why he’s the right guy” to pass climate legislation even if he can’t do so this year. It opens with Waxman’s (ongoing!) role in the tobacco wars, which is a nice rhetorical touch. Although I wouldn’t be so quick to write off Waxman-Markey’s passage, and it would be incredibly foolish to believe that we have the kind of political time to pursue action on climate change that Waxman has taken fighting Big Tobacco, I like what I’m reading so far.

What do you guys think? Don’t forget to follow the continuing coverage of Waxman-Markey via Grist or on Twitter under ‘#ACES’.

[h/t Ezra]