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Global Warming Bringing Iowans in From the Cold to Caucus

December 31, 2007

Des Moines, IA – Global warming is the issue bringing Iowans out on a cold winter's night to caucus for presidential candidates this year. In addition to picking a presidential candidate, caucus-goers will decide what goes into the party platform.

Sherry Timmons will be heading out Thursday night to make sure climate change gets the consideration she thinks it deserves.

"I think it's important because it has both economic and environmental implications for our future and particular for our children's future."

For Villisca farmer Dave Williams, it's an immediate economic issue for Iowa's agriculture. He believes the costs of inaction -- in ecological, human and financial terms -- could far exceed the costs of taking action now. Williams would like to see the the next president take a more proactive stand on the issue.

"I'd like to see us be a model on global warming, instead of sitting out there like a lone wolf."

If you'd like more information on candidate positions on climate change, or how resolutions can be included in party platforms, visit online: www.iaenvironment.org.



Dick Layman/John Robinson, Public News Service - IA