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Report: Climate Change Equals Economic Change for ID

May 7, 2007

Climate change could be costly for Idaho. A new report released today by Boise State University graduate students delves into the economic impact of rising temperatures and lower snowpacks. The report recommends that the Idaho legislature form an Idaho Climate Change Advisory Commission to do more number crunching, and help shape policies that could help slow climate change. Social work graduate student Amy Rust Bennett says they also came up with specific recommendations.

“We encourage Idaho to implement an energy efficiency program that would support energy efficient construction in new housing and commercial developments.”

Bennett points out that surrounding states already have policies on the books to address climate change, and Idaho is behind the curve. The Legislature turned down several similar proposals this year on the grounds that climate change isn't something humankind can control.

Bennett warns that ski resorts will have fewer days open, salmon and trout populations will decline, and agriculture will take the biggest hit as temperatures rise and water disappears.

“It would slash crop yields and force farmers to potentially adopt new, very expensive agricultural practices. Many of Idaho's smaller farmers and ranchers wouldn't be able to cope.”

Deborah Smith/Eric Mack, Public News Service - ID