COMMENTARY | With Vladimir Putin marching through the Crimea like Hitler through the Sudetenland, the economy continuing to sputter, and Obamacare devouring all in sight, Senate Democrats are preparing to hold an all night session on-climate change.
“The move underscores the sentiment among the caucus that climate change is a winning issue for the party. It’s part of the Senate Climate Action Task Force, which is seeking to provide backing for President Obama’s climate agenda while elevating the dialogue on climate as legislation has stalled on Capitol Hill.”
The Senate Democrats may be exercising hope over reality, however. A recent Pew Poll suggested that Americans regard climate change, that catch all phrase that’s suggests the human activity may be causing the climate to get warming or colder depending on the season, as second to last of a list of 20 problems facing the world. The economy, nuclear proliferation in Iran and North Korea, and the rise of China rank higher on the list of problems that need addressing.
Thus the Democrats, in an obvious attempt to distract from problems of their own making, are trying to whip people up about climate change, just as North America emerges from the coldest winter in memory. The timing is exquisite.
Republicans, seeking to unseat Democratic senators, will likely use this session and the obsession behind it to suggest that their opponents are engaged in frivolity while ignoring real problems. People like to have a clean environment, but they also would like jobs, a prosperous economy, and a government that doesn’t aggravate them to distraction. Measures that will likely be proposed to combat climate change will not only not work, unless they involve putting every town and city under a climate controlled dome, but will work against jobs and a prosperous economy and make government more aggravating.
Indeed it can be said that the Democrats are engaged in the equivalent of arguing about where to set the thermostat while the house is on fire. It is not a wise thing to do, either policy wise or politically.