Topic: Energy     Department: Letters

Pragmatism is doomed

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Setting a target for reducing fossil-fuel dependence without micromanaging how it is met makes sense, though I would like to see energy producers and consumers receive credit for conservation (HCN, 4/16/12, "Solar + wind + nuclear + natural gas = clean energy?"). Nevertheless, passage of Sen. Bingaman's bill would represent progress, and I would hate to see environmentalists oppose it. As the article hints, the bill is doomed: Superstitious climate-change deniers and politicians in the pockets of the fossil-fuel industry will torpedo it. This will be possible because our political system permits a minority of senators representing as little as 15 percent of the U.S. population to veto whatever legislation they please.

Ken Wilson
Louisville, Colorado

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