26 Jul '11, 3pm

4 Ways to Flip the Switch on the Climate Change Debate

4 Ways to Flip the Switch on the Climate Change Debate

The recent failed effort in the U.S. House of Representatives to repeal legislation that transitions the country to more energy-efficient light bulbs is an indicator of the political momentum shifts related to climate change legislation since last November's election. Just as they have done with the current debt-ceiling debate, ideologues in the Republican Party are exerting influence that, in my opinion, is disproportionate to mainstream sentiment. Caught in the middle are more traditional Republicans, who feel compelled to align with hard-liners in their own party, in part because their base is important for primary elections, and in part due to the failure of climate change supporters to put forward a compelling message that appeals to average Americans. With regard to the light bulb legislation, this dynamic in the Republican Party is best represented by Rep. Fred Upto...

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