The debate over global warming has been going on in Washington for years. Those who say it's threatening the future of our planet, also say the biggest problem is our nation's leading forms of energy. "The use of fossil fuels and the emissions of CO2 that comes from fossil fuels is the leading factor in global warming," says Tim Warman, Executive Director of Global Warming Solutions Program.
The National Wildlife Federation brought together a team of advocates for a program called Global Warming Solutions. Their mission is to educate Americans the causes of global warming and to share ideas on how we can help.
While a lot of skeptics believe global warming is a theory used to fulfill a political agenda, Warman says there is too much evidence that proves otherwise. "What really convinces me is the conversations I've had with hunters, fisherman, farmers and ranchers...people who spend a lot of time outdoors, and they are seeing changes," says Warman.
Some of those changes include rainfall patterns, migration times for birds, heatwaves and droughts. He says these are all signs of global warming and that a change must be made to save the future of our planet. The first and biggest change, Warman says, is to stop using fossil fuels and to start using clean alternatives to supply our nation's energy. While some say that would be far to expensive, Warman disagrees.
Tune in to Big 2 News next Thursday for part two of this story. We'll tell you why Warman says our nation can afford to make the switch to clean energy, and how he thinks it can be done without hurting our local economy or any others that rely on oil and gas.