Climate Change and Global Warming
On Tuesday, I introduced House Bill 1600, "Climate Change/Global Warming", that would order certain state agencies and departments to make annual reports on their plans for coping with the impact of global warming on North Carolina. Primary sponsors with me are Rep. Susan Fisher (D-Buncombe), Rep. Phillip Haire (D-Haywood), and Rep. Alice Underhill (D-Craven). I introduced the bill because scientists around the world are concerned and studies indicate that the effects of greenhouse gases could bring a pronounced rise in temperatures, drier summers and warmer winters, rising sea levels, and increasing extreme weather events over the next century. The bill would require annual planning reports from state departments and divisions that would have to cope with such changes. Twenty-seven other states - including Kentucky, Tennessee and Alabama in the Southeast - have some form of such plans.