Passing the climate change bill was a major accomplishment for the House, even in its watered-down form—but as Paul Krugman listened to the 212 members of Congress who voted no, "I couldn’t help thinking that I was watching a form of treason—treason against the planet." Despite unassailable proof that the world is changing even faster than expected, legislators are junking science, simply because they don't like what it entails.
Only recently the Bush administration insisted that terrorism posed an "existential threat" to the country, requiring extra-legal actions and an end to politics as usual. That threat was just "hyperbole," writes the New York Times columnist, but the threat of climate change is real—and still the standard Washington games continue. "We're facing a clear and present danger to our way of life, perhaps even to civilization itself," Krugman writes. "How can anyone justify failing to act?"