John McCain Knew Climate Protection Would Take Legislation, Not Just Regulation

The Extinction Chronicles

U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) speaks on Capitol Hill March 30, 2004 in support of the ‘Climate Stewardship Act’ legislation aimed to enact the first nationwide restrictions on greenhouse gas emissions. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

It is a sad irony that John McCain died within just a few days of President Trump overturning Clean Power Plan regulations to limit greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.  For McCain was the prominent Republican who cared most about climate change, and tried hardest to pass legislation to address it.  And he knew that while climate regulations were sometimes necessary stop gap measures, climate change would ultimately require legislation putting a price on carbon emissions and unleashing the power of markets and the private sector to create a low-cost, zero emissions economy.

As it stands, after only 18 months in office, the Trump Administration has now made proposals to…

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One thought on “John McCain Knew Climate Protection Would Take Legislation, Not Just Regulation

  1. Very sad to have lost him. He was a moderate and a good guy. I’m glad the flag issue was settled because John McCain deserves to be honored for his service to this country.

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