Sunday, April 08, 2007

Global Warming Consensus

Hopefully this agreement on global warming will result in the legislation for more water storage and power generation that will reduce the effects of warming, not increase them.

GOP seizes climate issue
Logging, nuke plants can fight warming, lawmakers say.
By E.J. Schultz - Bee Capitol Bureau
Published 12:00 am PDT Sunday, April 8, 2007

How popular is global warming as a political issue? So popular that even conservative state lawmakers are getting into the act, using the issue to sell everything from building dams and nuclear power plants to thinning forests.

The arguments are simple enough: Higher temperatures reduce mountain snowpack, so more dams are needed to capture winter precipitation that falls as rain.

Nuclear power plants produce few greenhouse gases, the leading cause of manmade warming.

Forest fires, on the other hand, send plenty of gases into the air -- so why not encourage timber companies to clear more brush to reduce fire risk?

Environmentalists, who are skeptical of the proposals, are peeved that the other side has stolen their issue.