The problem is that ExxonMobil, Texaco/Chevron and Saudi Arabia wouldn't like that very much and in this and every other country on the planet money gets what money wants. However peak oil is not all that far off and when it occurs there will be no other choice. The good news is that we pretty much have all the technical capability we need to pull it off although because we lack the balls we'll have to wait until it really starts to hurt before we start down that road and due to the long lead time of nuclear there will be a very painful transistion.
Nevermind all the ecogeeks and environerds that object to nuke plants because of the radioactive waste produced. Here's a list on Wiki of anti nuke groups, found at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_anti-nuclear_groups_in_the_United_States . Don't see your favorite bogeymen on that list, but I haven't researched every single one of them, perhaps they secretly back one or more?
I asked for an explanation of what was so onerous about it but have yet to receive any response whatsoever.
Try this one on for size:
He admits that cap and trade will cause energy prices to skyrocket. As you know not only will this effect the cost of energy, but the cost of everything produced in this country.
Carbon dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere are at their highest levels in millions of years. The concentration of heat-trapping carbon dioxide in the atmosphere reached 385 parts per million (ppm) in 2008, an increase of 105 ppm above preindustrial levels. Concentrations have been increasing at an average rate of 1.9 ppm per year during this decade, significantly faster than the rate of increase during the 1990s.
Some possibly interesting data here:
If correct, and I will try to find out more about this site(veracity) it would seem the that the greatest threat to the global climate is developing countries. And according to this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kyoto_Protocol China accounts for more than a fifth of global GHG emissions.
It would seem to me then that the US would not be able to underproduce GHG enough to offset China's develoement. While this doesn't mean we shouldn't clean up our act, I can't see how it would impact GHG lvls without something being done about China. I especially like this bit "Studies of carbon leakage also suggest that nearly a quarter of China's emissions result from production of goods exported to developed countries". "We wouldn't polute so much if you didn't buy so much of our stuff!" Way to dodge responsibility. Must be taking lessons from the US govt.