The Arizona Immigration bill has created a national firestorm and Congress is shifting priorities in order to contain the fire before it sweeps the country. Naturally, Congress's sudden shift in priorities will leave some things undone, and I guess we now know what that something is...
A top Senate negotiator on climate change believes that a sudden turn by Senate Democrats to immigration could “destroy” any hope of a major climate and energy bill this year.
“This comes out of left field,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), after hearing that Democratic leaders may now push immigration reform ahead of a climate bill. “I’m working as earnestly as I can to craft climate and energy independence, clean air and jobs, and now we’re being told that we’re going to immigration. We haven’t done anything to prepare the body of the country for immigration.”
This shift of priorities doesn't just mark a delay of climate change legislation, it marks an end to climate change legislation. That's because as the planet continues to cool, democrats face heavy losses in in the fall, and the economy continues to falter, congress will never again be able to focus on a climate bill.
The window has closed and Russell Pearce closed it.