President Obama's speech on climate change marked a turning point for our nation.
Sure, it was just a speech, and it didn't even make the front page of The Times. But it declared, at long last, an unequivocal commitment by Washington to combat climate change. Global warming is no longer just an issue for environmentalists.
This is why I voted for the man.
Of course it was thrilling to hear our president lay out his plan to combat climate change. Yet there will be staunch resistance to the command-and-control approach of regulation by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Those opposed to the president's approach may prefer the carbon fee-and-rebate proposal circulating in Congress.
Under the plan, carbon emissions would be assigned a certain fee, to be collected by the government and eventually returned to households. Most would get back more than they paid out.
The free market would do the work, incentivizing Americans to choose a less-expensive, low-carbon path. Emissions would drop, I hope, before the climate is beyond repair.