Politics in US Not Helpful to COP Process

The US delegation in Cancun is working with a VERY tough political situation back home.

As reported today, House Speaker-to-be John Boehner is disbanding the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming, saying it “was created by Democrats simply to provide political cover to pass their job-killing national energy tax.”. This, despite the fact that top-ranking Republican on the committee, Wisconsin’s James Sensenbrenner, had asked his party leaders not to kill it.  “While I was initially skeptical of the select committee’s mission, it ultimately provided a forum for bipartisan debate,” he said.

Bipartisan debate (as opposed to endless posturing) is a good, rare thing in Washington and is the only way our country will make progress on this critical, challenging issue.



About karstenbarde
Tuck MBA, co-chair of 2011 Business & Society Conference, officer of Dartmouth Energy Collaborative, and blogger for COP16 delegation.

One Response to Politics in US Not Helpful to COP Process

  1. Anant says:

    Depressing, but not surprising. (But let’s not lose sight of the fact that this is the outcome that the voting public wanted.)

    It will all plow ahead, with or without the US. If the latter, the US will unfortunately render itself irrelevant.

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