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How Can Anyone Oppose A Clean Energy Bill?

I’ve never understood how anyone can be opposed to the concept of “clean energy”. Even if you don’t understand the science behind global warming, and even if you don’t have enough common sense to see that no good can come from pumping billions of tons of carbon into the air every year — what possibly could be the downside to doing a little less harm to the environment? Even if all the global warming advocates turn out to be totally wrong, by converting to clean energy we still end up with a much better environment for our children, no? Isn’t that something everyone wants? Opposition to cleaning up our energy use just doesn’t make any sense regardless of what you believe here.

But even if none of that makes any sense to you, there’s still the issue that not adopting a clean energy policy means that we will continue to be highly dependent on foreign sources for our carbon-based energy. As Thomas Friedman points out here, the demand for oil is going to do nothing but go up in the near future, which means that the price of oil is going to skyrocket, and so we are going to be dependent more and more on countries like Iran, Venezuela and Russia. Where is the upside to that? How can anyone in their right mind advocate a policy that puts the U.S. in a position of having to rely on countries like that in order to maintain the status quo of their economic system?

And if all that weren’t enough, we have the current economic recession-bordering-on-depression here in the U.S. If we were to undertake a massive project to convert all our energy needs to something other than oil, it would be a huge boon to our economy, and quite possibly even re-establish the U.S. economy as the strongest in the world. Who could possibly oppose that?

So the bottom line is that aggressively adopting a clean energy program would yield nothing but positives for this country and for future generations, with no downsides whatsoever. A total no-brainer. But then again, health care reform with a public option and universal coverage is a no-brainer as well — and look at how Congress is struggling with that issue. It does boggle the mind.