ACTION ALERT | Legislative Climate Change Bill Debate TODAY!

For the first time in Nebraska legislative history, a bill dealing with Climate Change will be discussed on the floor of the Unicameral.

TODAY the Legislature will take up debate on LB 583—Sen. Ken Haar’s priority bill to expand the powers of the state’s “Climate Assessment and Response Committee.”

The Climate Assessment and Response Committee (or CARC) was originally established in 1991, but currently has a fairly limited charge.

Senator Haar’s LB 583 would not only expand the membership of the CARC committee to include climate scientists from the University of Nebraska—it would expand the committee’s mission and duties.

If passed by the Legislature, CARC would be required to issue a report to the Governor and the Legislature on the projected impact of Climate Change on Nebraska agriculture, on our state’s water, and on our wildlife, forests and ecosystems.

Just as we now rely on the weather forecast to plan our activities, the CARC committee would be responsible for issuing a ‘climate forecast’ to help us plan for the future—and more effectively respond to the challenges of Climate Change.

Over the past three years, Nebraskans have experienced firsthand the weather extremes characteristic of Climate Change: dramatic flooding in 2011, record drought, heat waves and wildfires last summer, and now, an unseasonably cold spring. And the climate science warns that it’s only going to get worse if we delay acting to do ‘business as usual.’

Contact your state senator immediately and urge him or her to vote for LB 583 on General File. (Click HERE to find the contact information for YOUR senator.)

Regardless of whether your senator is convinced of the science of climate change, it’s just common sense to plan for future, anticipate potential problems, and take preventive action.

LB 583 would enable state government to start assessing the detrimental impact Climate Change will have on Nebraska’s agricultural economy and our communities—and to make policy recommendations for how to start addressing this threat to our state.

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