Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Global Warming and Snow Days in Springfield for Balgojevich's Global Warming kickoff

Rich Miller stuck in Springfield and,
Madigan Spokesman Steve Brown has confirmed that House session has been cancelled all week due to the winter storm.
Someone should let the Gov know Feb is a tricky month to predict the weather in Illinois. He should have waited for August to announce this,
February 13, 2007

Gov. Blagojevich sets goal to dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Illinois

Climate Change Advisory Group meets to address the serious and urgent issue of global climate change

SPRINGFIELD – Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich today announced a statewide goal to slash the production of heat-trapping greenhouse gases (GHGs) to 1990 levels by 2020 and 60 percent below 1990 levels by 2050. The GHG goals are part of a long-term strategy by the state to combat global climate change and builds on steps the state has already taken to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to protect the environment and public health.

The announcement comes as Gov. Blagojevich’s Climate Change Advisory Group prepares to meet to address the serious and urgent issue of global climate change. The Governor charged the advisory group with recommending strategies to meet these GHG reduction goals. The advisory group, comprised of business leaders, labor unions, the energy and agricultural industries, scientists, and environmental and consumer groups from throughout the state, will meet over a six-month period to identify measures to cost-effectively reduce greenhouse gases.

“The impact of global warming in Illinois and around the globe could be devastating, and we can’t wait for the federal government to act because scientists worldwide have warned that we must address climate change within the next decade to avoid serious and irreversible consequences,” said Gov. Blagojevich. “The international community recognizes that rising temperatures, melting glaciers, and unusual weather patterns are warning signs telling us that climate change is a reality. Now, despite inaction by President Bush, we must deal with it. By committing ourselves to action in Illinois, we can help minimize the effects of climate change and ensure our children and grandchildren inherit a healthy world full of opportunity.”

[the rest of it here....]
Wonder if they'll have to cancel their meeting.


Tom said...

Give me a break. Global warming refers to a trend of increasing average temperatures. It does not mean that every day will be warmer than the day before. Yes, it will still get colder in the winter. Yes, we will still get snowstorms and chills. But on average, our climate will warm and have serious impacts on our environment, economy, and society.

To be fair, a solitary warm January shouldn't necessarily be attributed to global warming either. But if year after year we our winters become more mild, then it might be an effect of global warming.

Bill Baar said...

I think it's been warming since the mini ice age...

...it's bashing Bush with it where I have a problem; or thinking we can do all that much about it.

Be nice to see the Kyoto treaty put to the vote again in the Senate for ratification to put folks on record.

slclemens said...

Bill, you've nailed this. And those of us in the fossil fuel industry have been saying this for a long time: because of the tilt of the earth's axis, there will always be warmer and colder seasons, thus there will always be winter, thus global warming is a lie.

The bottom line: as long as it still snows, there is no such thing as global warming.

Thanks for helping spread the word. A tip of this Texas coal-burner's hat to you!