Monday, June 29, 2009

ACES passes, roadblocks make our job too easy

For those whose who haven't already heard, this past Friday, in a 219 to 212 vote, the House of Representatives passed the American Clean Energy and Security Act (ACES). This historic bill marks the first time a U.S. federal body has passed comprehensive climate change legislation and is a huge first step as the United States moves towards to a new clean energy economy.

Though it’s a first step, there’s still work to be done. After a nice weekend spent catching up on sleep and celebrating the bill’s passage, it’s time to get back to the grind. Since our environmental roadblocks apparently aren’t taking any breaks, neither will we.

As we worked around the clock to pass ACES, we weren't able to document some of the most egregious statements by global warming deniers in realtime. But this week on R?S?, we’ll be doing our best to play catch up, highlighting some of the most ridiculous things that were said in the vote's leadup, during the debate, and in the aftermath of the bill’s passage. Check back daily folks; though we thought blaming climate change on dinosaur flatulence was as crazy as it would get around here, we were way off…