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Climate change at home

Marc Lefkowitz  |  11/14/07 @ 4:33pm

Al Gore testifies before both houses of Congress today about, you guessed it, climate change.

He's expected to offer policy solutions to help reach the lofty goals of the Global Warming Pollution Reduction Act, reintroduced by Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), a member of the Environment and Public Works Committee. The act calls for an 80% reduction ? compared to 1990 levels ? in global warming pollutants by 2050.

Gore's appearance is being hailed as "the blockbuster hit of the political season," by Gristmill.

It's also an ideal time to examine what global warming would look like in Northeast Ohio. GCBL devotes this section to the discussion of climate change here at home. We offer a snapshot of what might happen to the lake, farms, and public health, links to personal carbon calculators, and more.

As you may suspect, there's cause for concern. But, also room for some good old fashioned Yankee ingenuity, personally and in support of our local governments' desire to implement the Kyoto Protocol, and Fortune 500 companies (including "locals" Alcoa and GE) signed on to the U.S. Climate Action Partnership, which calls on the Bush Administration to act swiftly on climate change legislation.

With Europe agreeing to cut its emissions by 20% from 1990 levels over 20 years, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel working with China's Premier Wen Jiaboa, who agreed today to move toward climate protection, action by Congress would align economic self-interest and moral obligation to reduce our American, super-sized carbon emissions to a fair level that allows poor people around the world room to achieve a higher quality of life.

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