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"Step it Up" for Climate Change Comes to Idaho

April 13, 2007

Thousands of people in Idaho are demonstrating the kinds of things that can be done to lower climate changing pollution this weekend. They’re biking, hiking, planting trees, and even attending concerts. It’s part of more than 1,300 “Step it Up” events across the country. Jessica Ruehrwein with the Sierra Club says the overall goal is to cut carbon dioxide pollution by 80 percent by 2050…

"A doable 2 percent cut a year, each year, starting now. Things that people can do to build a cleaner, smarter and safer energy future."

Ruehrwein adds that although everyday folks can help reach the goal, success will also require action from Congress. Congress has been reluctant to pass laws to require pollution reduction because industry says it will be too expensive, and there are many who still don’t believe there is a climate change problem.

Ruehrwein argues that the science on global warming is strong, and it’s not all negative information…

"Scientists also say that we can curb global warming, and its consequences, if we take bold, comprehensive action now."

Deborah Smith/Eric Mack, Public News Service - ID