This could be a very significant law if Governor O’Malley signs it. As law it would require a 20% reduction in CO2 by 2020 and 90% by 2050. One of the most aggressive in the country. If you are thinking of becoming politically active, this is something to get active about. Here are two links to information on the act and the text of a letter that the Chesapeake Climate Action Network is suggesting can be used in a letter to the Governor.
Governor Martin O’Malley
100 State Circle
Annapolis, MD 21401
I am a __________ and I support the Global Warming Solutions Act.
Bringing our state toward a clean energy future would protecct the Chesapeake Bay and position ourselves for strong economic growth well into the future.
Clean energy is out economic future:our devastating reliance on fossil fuels will negatively impact our competitive advantage. Therefore we must encourage innovation by being at the for front of this new era of clean energy technology. We cannot protect the Chesapeake Bay without solving Global Warming. As part of the future generation, I strongly encourage you to take action on climate change. Will you help Maryland stay ahead of the curve on this issue and sponsor the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2008?
I thought it was pretty great that the NYTimes published this. The most impressive fact (to me) quoted was that if Americans ate just 20% less meat, it would be the equivalent of everyone switching from a four-door Sedan to a Prius. Crazy.
- here are some sites that summarize the summary:
- http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/6321351.stm http://news.nationalgeographic.com/ news/2007/02/070202-global-warming.html
- and here are a few of the major findings as listed on the National Geographic site:
Global temperatures will increase between 2 and 11.5 degrees Fahrenheit (1.1 and 6.4 degrees Celsius) by the end of this century over pre-industrial levels.
A best-guess temperature rise is between 3.2 and 7.1 degrees Fahrenheit (1.8 and 4 degrees Celsius), though the high end remains possible.
Sea levels are projected to rise between 7 and 23 inches (18 and 59 centimeters) by the end of the century.
If recent melting in Greenland and Antarctica continues, sea levels could rise an additional 4 to 8 inches (10 to 20 centimeters).
Temperatures and sea levels will continue to rise for centuries even if greenhouse gas emissions are stabilized today.
Eleven of the last 12 years rank among the 12 warmest years in the instrumental record, which stretches back to 1850.
Observational evidence suggests an increase in hurricane strength in the North Atlantic since 1970 that correlates with an increase in sea surface temperatures.
In some projections, Arctic sea ice will disappear in the late summer by the later part of this century.
It is very likely that hot extremes, heat waves, and heavy rains will continue to become more frequent.• The Gulf Stream, which brings warm waters to the North Atlantic, may slow but is unlikely to shut down as depicted in the Hollywood disaster movie The Day After Tomorrow.
this site gives both country and per capita information http://www.nationmaster.com/graph/ene_oil_con-energy-oil-consumption
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