There's many, many reasons why today's face-off between climate scientists and the House Energy and Commerce Committee over EPA regulatory scope is a bad thing, but here's the most important one:
This is not a long-term issue. This is about every American deserving clean and safe water and air, and protection from toxic chemicals and emissions. Framing it in the context of climate change only helps advocates for big business and little regulation press on short-term policy levers--i.e. economic growth and jobs--and contribute to a further erosion of the EPA's ability to lay down any rules, let alone those potentially governing greenhouse gases.
Enough climate talk already--it doesn't work in the ol' U.S.-of-A. Can I get some mountain-top coal mining bans now please? Thanks in advance.