Global Warming Commission
The House gave final approval on Thursday to a bill that would create a commission to study global warming's impact on North Carolina. The measure passed its initial reading on Wednesday 78-37 - with all the "no" votes cast by Republicans. The House gave final approval to Senate bill 1134 on Thursday by a vote of 78-29. Robert Jackson, an environmental sciences and biology professor at Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences, said research over the past 30 years has increasingly shown that modern climate changes are primarily due to the use of fossil fuels by humans. The 32-member commission would make recommendations for pollution reduction and develop a climate action plan, with a report due in November, 2006. This comes on the heels of progress on climate change at the G8 Summit, where our president has admitted for the first time that global warming problems are "largely" man made.