Missouri coal train, photo: Scott Granneman via flickr
You know how I said a few days ago that not every state in the US was dependent on coal? Well, that's entirely not the case in Missouri and that little fact is having some repercussions already. Like any climate bill of strength not ever passing in the Senate, at least if the statements Huffington Post is running by Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) are anything to go on. Here she is on the possibility of a climate change bill actually making it through the Senate:
If there is going to be enough support for the bill, it will be a very gradual implementation as we move toward changing to wind and solar and other kinds of energy. I'm going to be one of those trying to craft it in a way that is very gradual, that is not going to hurt a state like Missouri that is so coal dependent.
On cap and trade McCaskill went on to say:
We need to be a leader in the world but we don't want to be a sucker. And if we go too far with this, all we're going to do is chase more jobs to China and India, where they've been putting up coal-fired plants every 10 minutes.
She added that she'd like to see a decade-long transition in Missouri to carbon capture and storage for all its coal usage.
Go Slow Will Hurt More Than a Quick Switch
Apparently McCaskill hasn't been paying attention to statements from India and China that unless the United States and the rest of the wealthy nations of the world make much stronger climate change commitments that a strong international climate change agreement is unlikely to happen.
The last thing we need (and we meaning the world) is a go slow approach on climate change legislation. In fact, it's that go slow approach which will we result in much greater economic harm in the long run than any short-term pain Missouri might face in a quick-as-possible transition away from coal.
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