President Obama’s budget revived a debate at the Capitol over energy policy and climate change.
As lawmakers like to say, “budgets embody values,” and on the Hill there’s no question over whether the president’s budget shows his values in regards to the nation’s energy sector. He wants to hike clean energy spending by seven percent and offer a myriad of states some four billion dollars if they clean up their air at a quicker pace. Virginia Republican Congressman Morgan Griffith says the budget would be another blow to his southwestern district.
Climate change is a global problem, but journalist Steven Nash, who teaches at the University of Richmond, wanted to know what might happen here. He’s written a book called Virginia Climate Fever, detailing what the Commonwealth can expect in the years to come. He says the coasts will, of course, see more flooding, inland areas are also in for trouble.
Next week the U.N. will bring experts from around the world for a climate change summit in New York. On the Chesapeake Bay scientists are looking at what a warmer bay might mean for species like the blue crab and striped bass.