It's about oil
We're not running out, but demand is going up rapidly and we can't increase the supply fast enough. It's like 5 people fighting over 3 cookies, then 2 people join the fray.
The scientists don't know how to drill deepwater oil - which is why we had the Gulf spill, and they don't know how to make tar sand economical
Korea was a proxy warning from China. The US had no choice but the militarise after the midterms - and the world realised the US wasn't going to reduce oil consumption. France-UK signed a joint nuclear testing facility, and India is building a nuclear arms triad. China is the biggest rewable investor, accelerating energy independence. But China also has huge nuclear capability - it's impossible to stop (over 1000 missiles) even with a missile defense shield. Even if you could, over 200 nuclear bombs going off is enough to mess up the world by dispersing radioactive particles around the world (cancer/deaths/etc).
The good news is, after Korea, both China and US realised they couldn't risk nuclear war. So for the first time after 16 years of failed climate talks, China backflipped, changed its hardline approach, agreed to all the US's demands, which allowed both to sign the Cancun Agreements (their first ever climate commitment).
After Cancun, China signed a FTA letting the US sell high-tech renewable products to China. China also promised to spend $1.5 trillion on US made renewable products, increasing jobs for families, pay off debt and restore American power. China recently killed its own auto industry by banning its citizens from buying cars. Nuclear war benefits no one, so out of self interest, China is helping the US, even though it'll kill Chinese economic growth.
US needs a carbon tax to create jobs and pay off foreign debt.
But voters realise it means higher prices, and are blocking it, without realising they're provoking a nuclear war. People don't transition out of goodwill, you need to raise prices.
But why Carbon taxes? Well, you can either wait for oil prices to rise, or you can introduce carbon taxes. It's either asking oil-intensive consumers (i.e. family's, transport, etc) to pay $100, or getting every single industry, consumer and business to pay $1. It needs to be done, but which is easier on families?
The political situation needs to change fast so that these carbon taxes can be passed to accelerate the renewable industry, create jobs, help families, and pay off debt.
China even agreed to remove its own wind subsidies (with lots of compliants within China) straight after Obama complained it was stopping US investment in renewables.
The Cancun Agreement was not binding - this sucker needs to be legalised at the next climate summit.
I'm no Democrat, but this ain't about Democrats or Republicans, this is about getting what needs to be done, done - ensuring our country's prosperity. A true patriot would let off the political baggage and do what's right for the country.