New at the Energy Collective: It Takes a Crisis: Climate Change and Energy Policy

My latest post at the the Energy Collective:
“Some environmentalists and alternative energy advocates have expressed disappointment with the Obama administration. Though the president has talked about the need for action on climate change and has touted a national Clean Energy Standard, there has not been a broad new legislative initiative for either.

Said the climate policy director at the Natural Resources Defense Council, “There needs to be a public plan. There needs to be a schedule — what’s going to get done and when.”

But if history is any guide, the critics wanting bold action are wasting their…well, energy. With respect to energy policy, major initiatives have required a perceived crisis either ongoing or recently past. Major climate legislation, meanwhile, has never gotten anywhere. Without a crisis, proposed energy and climate legislation has typically gone into committee to die.”

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