Monday, October 15, 2007

The ugly politics of global warming in Congress

Compromising Our Planet's Future
Congress May Pass Inadequate Global Warming Bill To Claim Hollow Victory

Oct. 15, 2007

This column was written by Mark Hertsgaard.

Now that Al Gore and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change have won the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize, will the U.S. Congress take the IPCC's scientific advice on how to fight global warming? The IPCC holds that the world must reduce greenhouse gas emissions at least 80 percent by the year 2050. Few in Congress seem prepared to go that far, however. And judging from the discussion at a closed-door meeting on Capitol Hill last week, even lawmakers who personally embrace the "gold standard" of 80 percent reductions are prepared to endorse a weaker measure in the name of getting some form of climate legislation moving in Congress.

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