Climate Change by Douglas and Steger - Summary of Testimony to MN Lawmakers
- Presention to Minnesota Senate Jobs, Energy, Community Development
Testimony on Climate Change by Meteorologist Paul Douglas and Arctic
Explorer Will Steger, 21 February 2005
Summary of Testimony
On Monday, February 21 Will Steger and Paul Douglas provided testimony
to the Senate Jobs, Energy and Community Development Committee on the
causes and effects of global warming. Both experts stressed that
climate change is real, and it will have severe impacts on Minnesota
and the world unless action is taken.
Meteorologist Paul Douglas called Minnesota the "canary in the coal
mine" for damages from global warming. "Using the sky as an easy sewer
for man-made gases is now starting to have some unanticipated and
unpleasant side effects," he said.
Arctic explorer Will Steger used photos and stories from expeditions
to the Arctic and Antarctic to demonstrate the tremendous impact
climate change has had on the polar regions and native inhabitants. He
called on legislators to take strong action to reduce greenhouse gas
Steger told the committee that the scientific community agrees on the
causes and dangers of global warming, and the United
States--responsible for 25 percent of worldwide greenhouse gas
emissions--is still debating the issue.
Read more about the testimony.
View the video of the hearing.
Minnesotans for an Energy-Efficient Economy
Climate Studies Specialist