Global Warming Panel Approved By NC Senate
A study commission would examine the potential damage of global warming upon North Carolina in a bill that passed the Senate on Wednesday. The 30-member Legislative Commission on Global Climate Change would recommend whether the state should reduce pollution that researchers argue contributes to a warmer overall climate. The panel also could hire consultants to help with their work. A growing number of scientists believe that global warming is more than a theory, and that greenhouse gas emissions such as carbon dioxide - generated by cars and power plants - trap energy in the atmosphere.
The resulting rise in temperatures, scientists argue, could lead to higher ocean levels, more intense storms and shifting climate zones, potentially making farmlands drier and deserts wetter. Some scientists argue that could harm the Outer Banks and inland estuaries as ocean levels rise and storms become more common.
Opponents of the bill have said the science on the issue remains questionable, but leaders in the Senate spoke in favor of forming the study commission.
I have sponsored several bills dealing with global warming. House Bill 1600 would require state agencies to plan and report on climate change related activities. Other bills would promote clean energy and clean air, including House Bill 1511 which would require that 10% of the energy used in North Carolina be from renewable sources and House Bill 1460 that would require the sale of cleaner cars in North Carolina, as many other states have done.
I hope you will continue to let me know how you feel about the issues we are debating.