Madison
60° F
Overcast
Overcast
Advertisement

WISC Editorial Agenda 2013 - Our Climate - Finally, A Hearing!

Published On: Sep 17 2013 04:41:37 PM CDT
Neil Heinen photo

 

One of the most damning indictments of the United States Congress’s irresponsible inaction on the issue of global climate change is the refusal by leaders of the House of Representatives to schedule a hearing on the issue. That changes Wednesday, when the Energy and Power Subcommittee of the Energy and Commerce Committee holds a hearing on what it is calling “The Obama Administration’s Climate Change Policies and Activities.” And while the hearing has all the trappings of a well-orchestrated attack on the President’s climate plan, it will be in public and offers at least some possibility of a reasoned discussion of the issue.


Certainly the stories over the last several months of what many are calling scientific near-certainty of the impact of human behavior on climate change has raised awareness and a sense of urgency. That hasn’t always persuaded politicians, but there are more and more conservative voices supporting a market-based carbon tax approach. This hearing could advance that option. At least it’s a start.

Advertisement
  • Marysville Pilchuck school shooting 4

    KOMO

    2 dead in school shooting near Seattle, sources say

    A school shooting has been reported at Marysville-Pilchuck High School in Marysville, Washington, about 35 miles north of Seattle.

  • Craig Spencer

    America's Ebola patients

    An American doctor who was working with Ebola patients in Guinea was been diagnosed with the disease after returning to New York. Learn more about him and America's other Ebola victims.

  • Hot peppers

    Karimala/iStock

    Notable food recalls

    A North Carolina producer of peppers and hot sauces is voluntarily recalling 6,215 pounds of fresh serrano chili peppers because some tested positive for salmonella. Here are other notable food recalls that made headlines.

  • jack-o-lantern Halloween pumpkin

    Juliet James/SXC

    Halloween

    Games, recipes, trick-or-treating, scary movies and everything else you need to make your Halloween extra spooky.

  • Politician, politics, debate, election

    iStock / bns124

    Election Coverage

    Get up-to-date on political stories, Reality Check the latest political ads, learn about the candidates and find election results in our special section.

  • Ebola virus pink

    CDC

    Ebola special coverage

    Get the latest news on the Ebola outbreak and resources to help you learn more about the deadly virus.

Advertisement