In recent history, the matters of energy and climate have been of high concern in the United States and throughout the world. As the years have passed, politicians and activists have worked hard to pass measures and alter the ways of America and the world in order to provide a brighter tomorrow for the people of the world. Today’s leader in this movement towards clean energy and environmentalism is President Barack Obama.
Tuesday, Obama held a meeting with multiple senators at the White House to hatch out another monumental bill. The group, which featured bother Republicans and Democrats, spoke about constructing a bill to significantly change things in America on the heels of the BP Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
The attendees of the meeting were able to agree on numerous points and President Obama feels strongly that the bill he is envisioning will come into fruition. Obama and the Senators shared an urgency on the matter and hope to put together the bill before the New Year.
Obama stated that the type of plan they should make is one that “makes clean energy the profitable kind of energy for America’s businesses by putting a price on pollution.” In essence, President Obama is looking to make energy, whether solar or recyclable, into a commodity that will benefit American’s and to make sure that anything that caused pollution would be counter productive for American corporations in order to dissuade the use of materials that cause the pollution.
The meeting, which was attended by the likes of Joe Lieberman, Barbara Boxer, Harry Reid, and John Kerry, is a sign that despite the differences between Democrats and Republicans in the United States, the two sides can come together on at least one important issue. Republicans have been against previous bills proposed by the Democrats in the House of Representatives. Those pieces of legislation have yet to pass through the United States Senate.
The Democrats are pushing for a cap and trade system, which would lessen the amount of fossil fuels America runs on. Oil corporations are against such systems.
Obama is doing his best to push towards clean energy and limiting the American dependence on oil from overseas.
Currently there is a rift in the Senate as to how the plan should be structured. According to Joe Lieberman, “There are about 50 Senators who want to vote for a strong comprehensive energy bill that puts a price on carbon pollution,” and “30 who are set against it, and there are 20 undecided. You’ve got to get 60 to pass anything in the Senate. We need half of the undecided and we can do it.”
Only time will tell if a plan that satisfies the leaders of the United States will be agreed upon. However, with the hard pressing work of President Barack Obama and multiple other Senators and congress people, there’s a growing sense that a resolution by the year’s end is more than inevitable.