So why the intense focus by the political establishment? Partly it's so that Democrats have an issue to run on this year that isn't their terrible track record of governance screw ups. Partly it's about political donations from "Big Green" environmental movements. Partly it's a desire (by both parties) for higher revenue from Carbon taxes and the like.
But the real message to take away from this is that it reflects the profound anti-democratic views of the entire governing class. The concerns and desires of the governed are quite irrelevant - only the concerns and desires of the elite matter.
It's another example of the anarchy-tyranny in which we find ourselves: the anarchy (lack of effective approach to terrorism) is mixed in equal measure with tyranny (a continued push for Carbon Taxes, and damn the polls).