With ObamaCare on the table, the entire country watched as Massachusetts voters ventured out to the polls this past Tuesday to elect a Senate seat replacement for the late Ted Kennedy. Massachusetts, which has primarily been a Blue state for as long as anyone can remember, seemed to be a surefire win for the Democrats in Washington. That was, of course, until Republican representative Scott Brown had something to say about it.
The truck-driving, happy-go-lucky Wakefield native beat out Democratic representative, Martha Coakley, on the campaign trail by a margin of 52 percent to 47 percent on Tuesday evening. This sent the nation into a state of shock, and perhaps the most dumbfounded were President Barack Obama and his fellow Democrats in the Senate. Obama, who visited Massachusetts just days before to campaign for Coakley, is now up against a large group of Republicans in the Senate that nobody saw coming. This could mean curtains for his health care bill which has been widely criticized since its debut on October 29.
But what other bills are likely to get the ax?
One of the most overlooked bills since the proposal of healthcare reform has been for climate control. Obama won the hearts of young voters during his Presidential campaign by promising to reduce the United States’ carbon emissions and work with other countries to fight global warming. In 2007, Obama revealed his plan to reduce oil dependence by 35 percent come 2030, and proposed a national cap on carbon emissions. The $150 billion-dollar price tag on this plan, however, was not heavily accepted by Republicans who had their minds set on revamping the economy.
With Brown now on his way to Washington, adding to the number of Republicans, many are anticipating the climate bill to return to its old home on the back burner. Like many GOP representatives during their campaigns, Brown shied away from the topic of global warming. When he was cornered into addressing the issue, Brown wasn’t quite sure if he believed in global warming being a result of man-made pollution.
“I think the globe is always heating and cooling,” Brown told a voter, which was later published in The Boston Globe.
“I just want to make sure if in fact the Earth is heating up, that we have accurate information, and it’s unbiased by scientists with no agenda.”
But how long will it be before the Senate’s Republican representatives start believing? One can only assume that after waiting for the answer to that question, there will be another long wait until a course of action is taken. On Brown’s campaign website, he posted a short blurb of his opinion on the matter.
“In order to reduce our dependence on foreign oil, I support reasonable and appropriate development of alternative energy sources such as wind, solar, nuclear, geothermal and improved hydroelectric facilities,” Brown stated. “I oppose a national cap and trade program because of the higher costs that families and businesses would incur.”
While Obama’s health care bill continues to flop around on the Senate floor like a fish out of water, one thing is for sure: he will be up against the same amount of resistance if the climate bill ever gets the opportunity to rear its green little head. Meanwhile, more than a million species will face extinction as habitats disappear and ecosystems continue to rapidly change.
Approximately 46 percent of the lakes in the United States are too polluted for human use and aquatic life. The exhaust from transportation vehicles still make up 60 percent of the carbon monoxide in this country. About 400,000 miles of Arctic ice have melted over the past 30 years, resulting in rising sea levels around the globe. Due to the warming of the oceans and new erratic weather patterns, the United States spent $100,000 billion alone on recovering coastlines hit by hurricanes in 2005.
While the up and coming generation is fighting for a future, Washington remains seemingly unaffected by the devastation they have caused to the world as it continues to crumble more and more every day.
For more info: Visit the National Geographic website to get the facts straight on global warming.