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All governmental agencies need to make an important observation before suggesting any new policies regarding these issues. GLOBAL warming is a GLOBAL problem, not a national problem. Therefore, any attempts to solve global warming at a national level are destined for failure. Global warming must be dealt with at an international level.

The United States is one country, and although the US contributes to global warming, it is one of many. Imposing a set of regulations on US consumers, businesses, or citizens will likely have dramatically negative effects on the US economy and very little effect on the global climate. If this were to happen, US citizens would suffer as countries with much larger populations (like China and India) continue polluting the atmosphere. In addition, as we move into the twenty-first century, many developing nations in Asia, Africa, and South America are rapidly growing in industry and transportation. These nations can grow unchecked while the US economy withers.

If the US wants to do something about global warming, it cannot do it alone. Any solution for a GLOBAL problem must involve nations across the globe. Everyone has to work together to bring about change. If only one or a few nations make changes, they will suffer at the expense of others.

Recommendations: The US Senate must work to ensure that proposals to address global warming are not set up to the detriment of just our country. Any efforts to affect climate change should be brought through agencies such as the United Nations. International action may resolve this environmental issue, but the actions of a single nation cannot fix a world-wide problem.

Special Interest Group: Scientists for Sound Decisions Position on Global Warming: There is consensus among scientists across the planet that global warming is a real threat. In recent international meetings, the scientific community has concluded the following:

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    Greenhouse gases such as CO2 trap heat in the earth’s atmosphere.

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    Global temperatures are rising.

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    Human activities that involve the burning of fossil fuels release large quantities

of CO2 into the atmosphere. 4) Increasing levels of greenhouse gases like CO2 are directly associated with global temperature rises.

The earth’s temperature has fluctuated a great deal over its 4.5 billion year history, and cycles of global warming and cooling are a natural part of the earth’s history. However, current climate changes are not likely part of these broader natural cycles.

There are credible reports suggesting that not all scientists agree with these conclusions. This is technically accurate, but most mainstream scientists agree that the evidence available support these conclusions. It is true that some scientists have disagreed with these conclusions, but many of these individuals have unique backgrounds such as close associations with businesses which profit from greenhouse gas emissions.

Global warming is an issue of concern because the consequences could be significant. Even very slight changes in temperature can have drastic impacts on the planet. Changes on the order of 2-3º C could trigger very large climate changes. Melting ice caps can lead to widespread flooding. Higher ocean temperatures can lead to massive shifts in weather patterns. Changes in seasonal patterns will lead to stress on many

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