We believed Obama was going to tackle climate change. It isn’t that easy
The complexity of the healthcare debate is dampening appetites for the potentially more complex climate bill. International climate experts in Washington have been wondering for months how US healthcare woes, as they affect the senate climate debate, may affect the December UN-sponsored climate talks in Copenhagen. Part of the problem lies in the White House’s poor shepherding of the issue. Another part clearly lies in the impoverished US civic discourse. Lately it feels like all you have to do to get on national television or, more important, on everyone’s Facebook feeds, is compare Obama to Hitler or call him the Great Socialist.