Should we pass a weak climate bill?

Today, the New York Times’ “Room for Debate” blog featured the discussion on the Senate’s version of the climate bill which is set to be released on Wednesday by Senators Kerry and Liberman. According to the post,

The bill has been recast to take into account the concerns of farm and energy states, and includes a provision that allows offshore oil drilling. The compromises have not gained Republican support — Senator Lindsey Graham, one of the sponsors, has dropped out — and have alienated Democrats.

Here’s some of the nitty gritty:

Their bill would cut greenhouse gas emissions by 17% by 2020 and 80% by 2050, through a variety of mechanisms, including a “cap and trade” system for utilities; it included major sweeteners for nuclear power, offshore oil and gas drilling, manufacturers, “clean coal” research and energy consumers. –LA Times Bog

However, there’s a lot of politics involved. Duh. Something to do with Immigration votes, filibusters, BP support, nuclear…

It’s really all very overwhelming to me… and sad… and scary. (For those of you wanting more specifics on the above, that politics link is a good explanation.)

Ah! I can’t be a politician!

Anyway, I digress. I, personally, believe that it is still important and even though I do not agree with expansion of offshore drilling, or nuclear, I think it’s still necessary to get the ball rolling (even if it’s a little square).

Since I am so lost, I would LOVE to hear your thoughts on the matter or even some link suggestions so I can learn more.

But first, let’s just see what you think:

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