Yet both sides missed the point, and spent the better part of two years engaged in a debate that no one really cared about. To minivan moms, it doesn’t matter. All they care about is the quality of life of their children and families. Threaten to upset that equilibrium, and you have a fight on your hands. For the environmentalists, the greater danger was a warming planet. For the business community, the more prominent bogeyman was lost jobs and higher energy costs.

That’s where this debate has been waged and won since the House passed its measure earlier this summer, and that’s where the fight should remain. To revert back to amorphous, unprovable diatribes over greenhouse gases weakens the strong inroads the business community has made and dare not surrender now.