Three Ways the Climate Bill Will Change Your Life

Late Friday, the House passed the first legislation solely dedicated to reversing global warming. Now the fate of the Climate Change Bill is in the hands of the Senate, and political pundits are predicting the bill won’t pass. This exact bill might not pass but sooner than later one will and until then they will have several things in common. A climate bill will change how we produce and use electricity. It will change how you travel from point A to point B. It will change how every business operates and how every American lives. Our lives will never be the same. Dramatic? Yes. True. Yes.

The passage of this bill will change your life in three ways:

  1. It would affect what type of car you can drive – smaller.
  2. It would affect how much you pay for energy – more.
  3. It would affect what type of job you have – green job.

Energy affects every facet of our lives. When energy prices go up, food prices go up, clothing prices go up..the price for everything we buy gets more expensive. Why? Because our society is intricately intertwined with energy, and energy is intertwined with our economy.

On Saturday during his weekly radio address, President Obama put pressure on the Senate to pass the legislation. “Now my call to every senator; as well as to every American, is this: We cannot be afraid of the future. And we must not be prisoners of the past.”

Yet many Americans don’t want this bill to pass. In a survey conducted by the Center for Public Opinion Policy Center, 76 percent of African-Americans want Congress to make economic recovery, not climate change, its top priority.

“An overwhelming majority African-Americans want Congress to fix the economy before turning its attention to climate change,” said David Ridenour, vice president of The National Center for Public Policy Research, who directs the group’s Center for Public Opinion Policy Center, which issued the poll.

One could argue that passing this type of bill will help the country recover faster and it will have a major impact on the country’s auto industry. Most importantly, it will open the door for smaller, start-up companies to compete which will need skilled auto workers. It could also level the playing field for many types of technologies including flex-fuel vehicles, hybrids, all-electric cars, hydrogen fuel cells or liquefied natural gas to have a stab at leading the way to our new transportation highway.

This isn’t the best piece of legislation, but it is a step in the right direction.

Joanna Schroeder

Joanna is a writer and consultant specializing in renewable energy and sustainable agriculture issues.