California continues to lead the charge against global warming

Thu, 2007-06-21 12:02Bill Miller
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California continues to lead the charge against global warming

Not content to rest, however, lawmakers in the state where drivers of hybrid cars cruise solo in the carpool lane are busily crafting legislation to bar utilities from buying electricity from out-of-state coal plants that don't meet emissions standards.

It’s no wonder California serves as the template for other states on global warming policy. It is the world’s eighth largest economy and 12th largest producer of greenhouse gases. Its sheer size and variable geography give scientists and policy makers a unique place to observe climate change, and to craft potential solutions.

Global warming is expected to have profound effect on California, home to one of every eight Americans. Rising temperatures threaten to diminish its water supply, increase flooding and fuel wildfires, while parts of its coastline will be inundated. Agriculture, its No. 1 industry, also could suffer, putting California's famed wine country at risk.

In the eyes of many, as California goes, so goes the planet. Is the Bush administration listening?

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The solar and wind power capacity is not yet built, the electrical infrastructure is not built and we need massive amounts of energy to do these things.

Americans should see the impact of their own energy use, instead we take false pride in our green states while we ban production in our own lands while importing the stuff from thousands of miles away. If you wanted to do something you would put a tariff on foreign oil and open the whole country to drilling. Florida doesn’t want to produce oil? Then dont use any.

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