More than 30 years after scientists and a few public officials first raised questions about the impact of greenhouse gases on the world’s climate, and several years since a majority of Americans decided that Congress should take strong action, we’re still a long way from passing a serious program. It’s becoming increasingly clear that the legislation currently being considered in the Senate will never gain the 60 votes it would need to pass. It’s time to move to another approach — call it Plan B — that could do better both politically and for the climate.


Shapiro, Robert J., and Elaine Kamarck. "A Carbon Tax Would Provide a Sunnier Forecast." Politico, December 9, 2009.