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North Dakota Could Profit As Global Warming Protector

April 6, 2007

Bismarck, ND - What's the harm in global warming? A report out today from Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Control says a one-degree temperature increase will put the Earth at greater risk of wildfires, coral bleaching, flooding and storm damage. And five degrees could result in 3.2 billion people facing water shortages. Jason Schaefer of the Dakota Resource Council says North Dakota should benefit as the world mobilizes to fight the problem. He cites wind energy as a good example.

"Not only are we number one in wind potential, but we actually have enough wind to power 32 precent of the country. So, it's an amazing resource we have here.

North Dakota is also a leader in the development of renewable energy. Bio-diesel and ethanol are growing in popularity, and Schaefer notes that's great for the economy.

"We already have the infrastructure, plus we have the resources, so we're sitting in really good shape. Now it's just a matter of having policies and the entrepreneurial spirit to actually develop these resources and capitalize."

The IPCC report includes the work of more than 2,500 scientists appointed by more than 130 countries. Among the possible global warming consequences for North Dakota is the drying up of the region's prairie potholes, which are critical for game birds and other wildlife. Highlights of the IPCC report can be viewed online at

Debbie Aasen/Chris Thomas, Public News Service - ND