Global warming, or climate change, sure seems to have hit the big stage. From emmys for Gore to a whole list of legislation moving through the beaurocratic process, we hear and read about this issue every day. But what should we actually do? The next issue to tackle is the immediacy and magnitude of the problem. Do we need a complete overhaul of our lifestyles, or should we baby-step our way to a solution with trial and error?
No wonder, then, that the political debate now revolves around what that action should be. In the current Congress, there are six bills to deal with climate change, and more are on the way.
This attention certainly qualifies as progress. But it is also creating the newest big obstacle to a climate solution, an obstacle thatâ€™s far less obvious than the efforts to deny scientific reality. The would-be reformers may be saying all the right things; every last one of them may even be pursuing the solution she or he honestly believes to be the best one.
The only reliable way to reduce carbon emissions is to make them more expensive. When you hear somebody talk first about doing this and only then about the wonderful innovations that will follow â€” and they will follow â€” you know that person is serious.