Last week, the U.S. cap and trade bill we keep talking about (barely) passed through the House of Representatives. Since then the news has been a jumbled mess of celebrations, warnings, facts, opinions, predictions, diatribes, rants and the lyrics to “Thriller.” Have you been keeping up with all of it? Find out in this week’s edition of Weekly Sustainability Facts—a new prize- and competition-free online game show and news roundup here at Padosa.com.
Get ready, get set, know!
Did you know…
- …That the bill won in the House by only seven votes?
- …That most Congress members didn’t read the bill before voting on it because it’s more than 1200 pages long?
…That there’s a great chance the bill won’t make it through the Senate?
…That the Congressional Budget Organization predicts that the bill will reduce the national deficit by $24 billion?
…That $24 billion is about 0.2% of our national debt?
…That the bill worries small business leaders?
…That the eight Republicans who voted in favor of the bill are going to have a much harder time getting re-elected?
…That there are still people who claim that global warming is a liberal hoax?
…That there are people who equate green lobbyists with communists?
…That the bill probably won’t force you out of a job?
…Or that it probably won’t give you one either?
So, did you know everything? Did you understand it all? If you did, congratulations! You’re the only one who can make sense of any of this. Now can you explain it to the rest of us?
Thanks for playing Weekly Sustainability Facts! Until next time, I’m your host, Matt Lurie, wishing you a happy and low-energy (in a good way) Independence Day.