Controversy over Climate Change Bill Doesn't Change

Controversy over Climate Change Bill Doesn't Change

The Democrats currently have a climate change bill before the House. Al Gore is a fan, the Republicans are not. Pretty standard. In his party's weekly address Republican Congressman Mike Pence, Republican Congressman used his party's weekly address to say that the Democratic energy plan will cost Americans far too much money and that the Republicans have a much better plan. Again, pretty standard. Arguments between the parties are nothing new- but the reasons for the incessant arguing are becoming less standard. As the green business world continues to evolve, the classic lines between business and democratic ideals are blurring. The Triple Bottom Line (People/Planet/Profit) is blending what is good for the environment and the people with what is good for the bottom line. It won't work anymore for the two parties to argue over how a climate change bill should look- what they should be arguing about is how to make it work for everyone. A climate change bill doesn't need winners and losers- it just needs to work. The basic GOP line on the climate bill is that it is an energy tax. Pence's address argued that the bill should promote domestic oil and natural gas production as well as relax regulation barriers on new nuclear power plants. Instead, "During these difficult times, the American people don't want a national energy tax out of Washington, D.C.," said Pence. Pence and others in the GOP have presented an alternative proposal that includes no mandatory limits on greenhouse gases. The Democrats argue that greenhouse gas limits are essential. Pence argues that the GOP version of the bill will encourage non-fossil fuel options. "The Republican energy plan calls for more domestic exploration for oil and natural gas, renewed commitment to clean emission-free nuclear energy, investments in renewable and alternative energy technologies and incentives to spur greater conservation among individuals and businesses," he said.