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Oregon Can Take Lead on Global Warming Fight

February 5, 2007

As Congress prepares to tackle the global warming issue, Oregon may be poised to take the lead. The State Legislature is already considering bills this session to promote the use of renewable energy and fuel-efficient cars, and the creation of a biofuels industry.

Climate specialist Patty Glick of the National Wildlife Federation says after a major international report on global warming, Oregon and the nation as a whole are ready to take action.

"America is no longer arguing, and we're starting to see real momentum on solutions. We're at a time when our policymakers have a real opportunity to make history by establishing a mandatory strategy to combat global warming."

Glick refers to the "Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change" report released last week. In it, 1,200 scientists agreed that global warming is a reality, and that human activity is almost certainly responsible for the problem, particularly our use of fossil fuels, such as coal and oil.

Doug Heiken with Oregon Wild (formerly the Oregon Natural Resources Council) says the state has huge potential to cut greenhouse gas emissions and, in the state's wilderness areas, to absorb carbon. But we've got our work cut out for us.

"We have some of the most productive forests in the world, and these can help mitigate climate change if we manage them carefully. We also need to look at how we plan our cities, how our transportation policy works, and how our energy policy works as well."

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report may be found online at

Dondrea Warner/Jamie Folsom, Public News Service - OR