The Pew Center on Climate Change has a nice brief piece on what the recent US Congressional elections might mean for climate change policy in the US:
All told, given:
- the US public's growing concern over climate change;
- the climate measures of California and the northeastern states;
- the growing sense in US industry that climate action is inevitable;
- the past several years of momentum in Congress;
- the recent election results; and
- Sen. McCain's chances of being the Republican nominee for President in 2008
we are optimistic that enactment of mandatory US climate action is plausible by 2008 and likely by 2010.
The ‘wild card’ according to the Pew Center is potential Republican presidential nominee John McCain, who has been a strong climate action advocate and could galvanise support for climate change measures from moderates on both sides.