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New Global Warming Report: On to Solutions South Dakota on the "Hot" Seat

May 4, 2007

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a group of more than 2,500 scientists appointed by 130 countries, is releasing a third report on global warming today with the focus on solutions. Nathan Peterson, the South Dakota spokesperson for the National Environmental Trust, says today's report lays out a menu of options for policymakers. He says they include everything from more energy efficient light bulbs to cleaner forms of energy.

“Another thing that it prescribes is a renewable energy standard which would create a benchmark for the amount of renewable energy that we would need to use in the United States, which could mean great things for South Dakota. We have tremendous potential for wind energy in our state, which would mean, not only clean energy that we could supply to the rest of the country, but also millions of dollars in investment and new high paying jobs in South Dakota. So, it really would be an economic boon for the state as well.”

The scientists have concluded that carbon emissions need to be reduced 80 percent by the year 2050 to avoid catastrophic impacts, and South Dakota won't be spared.

“Global warming has a tendency to reduce snow pack in the Rocky Mountains, which means that in the warmest months in South Dakota we're getting less and less water, which some would argue is leading to more intense drought-like conditions. It helps to fuel wildfires, as we're seeing them more frequently with greater intensity. Climate change is already having an effect on wetlands in the prairie pothole region, some of which includes South Dakota. That's traditionally been considered the duck factory for North America.”

Peterson emphasizes that the report shows immediate action is needed at the federal level to adopt clean energy solutions

“That includes making our vehicles more fuel efficient, and boosting the amount of renewable energy that we use throughout the country. And it includes enacting a cap and trade policy that would actually reduce our emissions and begin to reduce them to levels that we need to in order to see some real reductions in global warming moving forward.”

Peterson adds that the report also concludes that investing in solutions now will be cheaper and less disruptive than delaying action. Highlights of the IPCC report can be viewed online at

David Law/Eric Mack, Public News Service - SD