The climate change debate has branched out to the U.S. Senate
How many trees must fall to save the earth? According to Senators Joe Lieberman and John Warner: however many trees it takes to create a 492-paged bill on climate change. How long might it take to read said 492 paged bill? Well, on Wednesday June 4,the Senate found out. The AP article “Climate bill stalls in Senate after dispute” discusses how Senate clerks spent eight hours reading the bill aloud when “Republicans demanded a reading of the 492-page document because of a partisan dispute over judicial nominations. . . . The bill, the most ambitious legislation on global warming ever taken up in Congress, would cut carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions by 71 percent by mid-century from power plants, refineries, factories and transportation.” This controversial bill may or may not make it out of the Senate, but the fact that it was introduced points to a significant number of people who believe something must be done to safeguard our planet from its most dangerous inhabitants: humans. Does this bill constitute the best course of action? Its provisions continue to be heavily disputed, but to determine the proper solution we must all first agree that a problem exists. Kurt Campbell outlines a compelling argument for the security and foreign policy implications of climate change in his most recent publication Climatic Cataclysm: The Foreign Policy and National Security Implications of Climate Change. Campbell and his contributors examine three scenarios as a basis for future planning and analyze the implications of each, ranging from disease proliferation, large-scale migration, and increased low-intensity conflict to the risk of nuclear war. The effects of climate change have been felt in communities throughout the world, and now the debate regarding this environmental issue has finally found an arena in the United States Senate. Nobel Laureate, and former Vice President, Al Gore believes Campbell’s book “is an important effort to translate the broad outlines of climate change into more specific visualizations of the social, political, and moral consequences. . . .” Climate change may prove to be the single greatest challenge confronting the United States and indeed, human civilization. Climatic Cataclysm helps explain why.