The New Yorkers introduces the issue of the United States regulation policy for climate change by introducing Darrell Issa, a Republican representative from California who will become the chairman of the Oversight Committee. The introduction and description of Issa in the first paragraph sets the scene for the upcoming discussion of the issue of climate change. Similar to creating a vivid opening scene, the use of this description pulls the reader in to want to keep reading the story.
The New Yorker reports that as the next chairman of the Oversight Committee, Issa wants to investigate the climate scientists. "We're going to want to have a do-over," said Issa.
According to the New Yorker, Issa's priorities reflect those of the other Republicans in the House. Providing the quote from John Boehner,the incoming House Speaker, "The idea that carbon dioxide is a carcinogen, that it is harmful to our environment, is almost comical," to express this perspective.
The New Yorker reports that the possibility for government action to combat the climate change were slim even before the 2010 Elections. The American Clean Energy and Security Act that was approved in June of 2009 to cap the nation's emissions would not have provided adequate regulations to cut down emissions.
The New Yorker reports that for past two decades, under leadership from both parties, the United States has ignored science and failed to implement necessary regulations to control climate change.
The New Yorker concludes that without the support of the United States, there is no way to make progress on reducing emissions globally.