Wednesday, January 12, 2011


Environmentalism's decline continues apace. Not only can we not find legislative majorities to do anything about climate change, but it's quite possible that the Senate will have a filibuster-proof majority to pass a bill undermining the Environmental Protection Agency's ability to do the first thing about it. That's incredibly depressing, especially knowing that many Democrats are on board. The bad Democrats are a combination of the usual rightist suspects, swing state senators up for reelection in 2012, and energy state senators like Carl Levin.

Not all that long ago, environmentalism was the most popular cause in America. While politicians truly beholden to industry fought against environmental regulations, a large number of Republicans joined Democrats to take care of our nation's environmental problems.

Those days have passed. And today, the United States continues the world's headlong plunge toward massive climate change.