Two major reasons:
1) In general, it’s hard to get any form of legislation passed on any subject. Our current system of government in America is incredibly bogged down in bureaucracy and special interests.
2) There are a lot of politicians for whom passing climate legislation is not in their best financial interest, unfortunately. Big oil wields a pretty heavy bat, and anything that cuts down on their profits, particularly alternative energy, is obviously not welcome from them.
As James Carville once said, “It’s the economy stupid.” Any climate legislation will have to require businesses to change their practices and cut back on pollution. This will probably require a lessening in profits, at least in the short term. That is something most industries do not support. Also, Congress was designed to work slow. The more public opinion is behind climate change the faster it will get changed.
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