I've mentioned this before, by now Ryan Lizza has the definitive piece in the New Yorker about Washington's failure to tackle climate change.
When North Wildwood is 30 milies offshore, we can all blame the Arizona Tea Party:
By the end of February, McCain was starting to back away from his commitment to Lieberman. At first, he insisted that he and Lieberman announce a set of climate-change “principles” instead of a bill. Then, three days before a scheduled press conference to announce those principles, the two senators had a heated conversation on the Senate floor. Lieberman turned and walked away. “That’s it,” he told an aide. “He can’t do it this year.”
Some maverick, huh?