"If anything, there is a case to be made that Congress is kind of rushing on the whole cap and trade legislation. Henry Waxman has said that he wants a bill out by Memorial Day. Barbara Boxer says she wants a bill out of the Senate by a similar time…
"Not surprisingly, people are fixated on the economy. Obama is fixated on the economy. This seems like a low level thing, even though scientists are saying we really need to cut emissions quickly. I think there's a real case to be made for splitting this up and waiting until later this year or early next year on cap and trade until Obama can really focus his full attention on it and do what's possible in the meantime."
– Bradford Plumer, Assistant Editor at The New Republic, March 19, 2009
While Bradford Plummer isn't an opponent of global warming action, the question "Why rush this?" is one we hear a lot from many of those who are.
But it's a very thin reed to stand on. We've debated and debated and debated the need for global warming for more than a generation.