Term Paper: Climate Change

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[. . .] The most recent bill addressing climate change -- that was passed by the conservative-dominated House in September, 2012 -- omitted the "sense of Congress" clause (Geman, 2012). That clause asserted that "There is established scientific concern over warming of the climate system…" but the Republican-led House has not accepted that as fact. What Republicans are doing is packaging a bill to "block EPA rules" that seek to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and the GOP has worked to block or delay federal policies that affect the coal industry (burning fossil fuels contributes mightily to global warming). The House Republicans call attempts to regulate coal emissions "The White House 'war' on coal" (Geman, p. 1). In other words, there is no political will in the Congress at this time to do anything about reducing the greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming.

Three policy changes that could slow global warming: One, the burning of fossil fuels such as coal and oil contributes have been proven to be a big part of the problem. Hence, new policies should be put in place to reduce the use of coal (and encourage solar energy production), or upgrade coal-burning plants to reduce emissions, or at lease change light bulbs to CFL bulbs (West, 2012). Two, policies that require automakers to produce cars that get better mileage will result in less fossil fuel usage; also, encouraging consumers to purchase hybrid vehicles by giving big tax breaks is another solution. And three, a policy that greatly restricts logging of forests makes practical and environmental sense. "In the next 24 hours, deforestation will release as much CO2 into the atmosphere as 8 million people flying from London to New York" (White, p. 1).

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Geman, Ben. (2012). House Republicans scrub climate change concerns from EPA bill.

The Hill. Retrieved January 11, 2013, from http://thehill.com.

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Lowe, Jason A., van der Linden, Paul, O'Hanley, Jesse R., and Smith, Stephen M. (2011).

A review of recent developments in climate change science. Part II: The global-scale impacts of climate change. Progress in Physical Geography, 35(4), 443-464.

West, Larry. (2012). Top 10 Things You Can do to Reduce Global Warming. About.com.

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