Tuesday, June 3, 2014

And so the conservative backlash begins.

GOP stalwarts across the nation are yelping that President Obama’s sensible new EPA rules will cost thousands upon thousands of jobs and cost millions upon millions of dollars.

I’d like to consider what the implications of that would be, if in fact they are correct (which they very decidedly are not).  What if these EPA rules will cost jobs?  What if they will cost money?  What if energy prices will go rocketing up for local consumers?

Well – what’s the alternative?

If the alternative is that we have NO regulations – that if the US doesn’t lead on climate change and make great strides towards reducing our emissions – then we will have unchecked, runaway climate change.  And the consequences will be catastrophic.  And that will cost us a LOT more money, as well as lives.

So if the GOP is right about this, and if the EPA regulations will take an economic toll, then we need to ask ourselves – will the economic toll from climate change be even worse?

I didn't have to watch Cosmos last night to know the answer.