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Tennessee May be Key to Climate Change Legislation

October 15, 2009

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - As Congress begins moving on climate change legislation, many D.C.-watchers are saying Tennessee is one of the "swing" states, whose representatives could decide if it passes or fails. Larry Schweiger, president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation, is touring Tennessee this week, speaking to civic groups and college students about climate change and the influence the state's federal representatives have in the legislation.

"Tennessee is an important state because both of your senators, Alexander and Corker, are on the fence about climate change."

Tennessee, like many places, stands to lose wildlife if climate change is left unchecked, says Schweiger, who adds there already are signs of it.

"We have seen the loss of cold-water fisheries, and the original brook trout habitat has been degraded through warming waters."

As part of a cross-country tour promoting his book, Last Chance: Preserving Life on Earth, Schweiger hopes to inspire people to take action on climate change. Tennessee also has an economic stake in climate change legislation because the state's Nissan auto plant will be in the forefront of building electric cars, he says.

Larry Schweiger will be speaking today at the University of the South and touring the campus.

Dick Layman, Public News Service - TN