Leading from the Left

Monday, January 08, 2007

Hot Times

I heard on the radio today that some scientists believe 2007 may be the hottest year on record. The figure quoted was that there is a 60% chance that this year will break the record for the hottest year ever.

Additionally most of the last 10 years have broken warmth records, so it's now virtually impossible for any reasonable person to believe that Global Warming is a hoax. It's real, and we're running out of time to deal with it. With Barbara Boxer and Jeff Bingaman chairing, respectively, the Senate Environement and Energy Committees, there is finally momentum on Capital Hill to do something. Here in NC, the legislature's Global Climate Change Commission, on which I serve, is plowing ahead and may make some initial recommendations for action soon.

And there are some concrete, immediate steps we can be taking on the local level. For example, I believe we need to capture the methane created at Orange County's landfill and use it to create energy. Methane is green house gas that has a huge impact on global warming.

Folks have been talking about capturing methane at our landfill for a long time. I don't know why no action has taken place as of yet, but I do know that it's time to roll-up our sleeves and get to work. I emailed Orange County Solid Waste staff last week and asked about the status of methane capture plans for OC. I was told that a report is due shortly.

It's time for Orange County to take proactive steps to reduce green house gas emmissions, and capturing methane for use as an energy source is a win-win for everyone.