Politically Correct Greenscouring?

Something unsurprising happened during the debate around the proposed climate change bill in the Senate last month. It all became about politics.

As greenscouring goes, this is the most predictable. Getting a bill through government requires negotiating a complex set of existing alliances, grudges, reputations, official stances, personal stances and traditional doctrine. It’s like driving into a city where the roads are nearly all one-way…so round you go. Problem is, this takes time.

If you’re in any doubt that personalities can get in the way of the reading of legislation as important as this, have a read of the Washington Post‘s report of the Senate debate (or lack of debate). And a few days later, the bill was shelved until next year. (Even if it had passed, President Bush has stated that he would veto it, citing unacceptable tax hikes). It was shelved because of political realities.

The problem is this: where’s the micro-debate over particular measures senators can agree on? Where’s the interim legislation that actually gets something done? Instead, every measure on the bill is in limbo, and with the presidential election, the bill is effectively, for the moment, forgotten. Greenscoured, you might say. And the government seems content to let that happen.

Is this the problem?

Mike Sowden

Mike Sowden is a freelance writer based in the north of England, obsessed with travel, storytelling and terrifyingly strong coffee. He has written for online & offline publications including Mashable, Matador Network and the San Francisco Chronicle, and his work has been linked to by Lonely Planet, World Hum and Lifehacker. If all the world is a stage, he keeps tripping over scenery & getting tangled in the curtain - but he's just fine with that.