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Report Warns of High Coast of Inaction on Climate Change

May 7, 2007

Less than a month after Gov. Jim Gibbons named his 13-member task force to study climate change, a new report says the time to act is now. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report says if nothing is done, global warming gasses will rise anywhere from 25 to 90 percent by the year 2030. That has Dan Hyde with the Las Vegas Regional Clean Cities Coalition upset with the governor's approach.

“Well, I think it's a call to action. I certainly respect the judgment of these scientists, and I think they're a lot smarter than politicians. Nevada is nowhere near to what it should be doing.”

Gov. Gibbons notes that his task force includes well-qualified individuals who will generate actionable and constructive recommendations. Hyde thinks Gibbons is wasting valuable time studying what science has already documented, when Nevada has an abundance of clean energy alternatives at the ready.

The report finds renewable energy sources, which are particularly abundant in Nevada, could supply a third of all electricity needs within three decades. At the other end of the spectrum, according the Julia Bovey with the Natural Resources Defense Council, is the cost of inaction. She believes the world's leading scientists have made it clear that global warming threatens severe disruptions in our way of life.

“This is the third report, and this one says that we can't afford not to act. Anyone who says it's too expensive to try to control global warming isn't looking at how expensive it's going to be when we don't control global warming. We're talking about cities being underwater.”

More information on global warming effects and the IPCC study is online at

Michael Clifford/Eric Mack, Public News Service - NV