As one of the experts invited by reporter Margaret Kriz to blog for the National Journal’s Energy and Environment blog, Wilderness Society President Bill Meadows has an opportunity to comment on some of the nation’s hottest policy issues.
President Obama has indicated that passing climate change legislation is one of the top priorities of his presidency. By 2050, he wants to reduce the carbon dioxide we put into the atmosphere by 80 percent. Similarly, leaders of the 111th Congress have indicated they want to introduce and pass a climate bill that drastically limits carbon pollution. More and more business leaders are expressing their support for legislative action on climate. So what will a climate bill look like? The devil, as they say, will be in the details.
As I shivered in the cold on our nation's front porch last Tuesday with millions of other Americans at President Obama's inauguration, I could not help but feel warm. For the first time in my adult life, one of our elected leaders had issued a call for each of us to do more. Echoing the words President John F. Kennedy once spoke to my parents’ generation, President Obama noted that our citizenship is more than just a privilege but also a great responsibility.