Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Why climate-change legislation has been a total bust

"On the campaign trail in 2008, Barack Obama often said
 his top two priorities were climate change and health care. By the end of his first term, however, only health care legislation had been signed into law. The effort to pass a climate bill was a total bust, "writes Brad Plumer today in the Washington Post.
So what went wrong? Why did environmentalists fail where health reformers had succeeded? In a massive new report (pdf) published this week, Theda Skocpol tries to answer exactly this question. The Harvard political scientist spent many months interviewing key players and poring over data.

See the full story in Q&A form.

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