Bowing to political reality, Senator Harry Reid, the Nevada Democrat and majority leader, said the Senate would not take up legislation intended to reduce carbon emissions blamed as a cause of climate change, but would instead pursue a more limited measure focused on responding to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and tightening energy efficiency standards.
“We know where we are,” Mr. Reid told reporters after reviewing the state of energy legislation with Senate Democrats and administration officials. “We know that we don’t have the votes.”
Let's summarize. The U.S. political system is unable to address the existing, nascent consequences of anthropogenic climate change, much less its long-term future consequences. It's only able to react to absolutely undeniable complete catastrophes by dealing with their effects, not even their causes.
I blame Obama.