Former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson hopes that Osama bin Laden's death will spur President Barack Obama to promote climate change legislation.We expect this kind of lunacy from hopeless cases like Al Gore, now looked upon as the nutty uncle in the attic. But we always took Richardson as somewhat sane. Well, those days are over.
"My hope is that from this success in the foreign policy arena two days ago, that he will be emboldened to take once again to the Congress legislation - not just to increase a renewable energy standard - but climate change legislation that this country and the world need," Richardson said Tuesday at a Climate Leadership Gala hosted by the Earth Day Network in Washington.
Climate change legislation, particularly anything labeled as toxic as "cap and trade," is seen as non-starter while Republicans hold the House and many Senate Democrats are wary of the issue. But Richardson warned climate bill backers against standing on the sidelines.
"We can sit back and say, 'Well we'll wait until the next election, wait until the political climate is better.' You know if we do that, we're doomed - if we don't take action right away," he said.
Our economy is already on life support what with soaring gas and food prices. Cap-and-trade would be a death blow. If anything, that would doom us.