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In U.S., Al Gore has more company on climate change now

As the climate debate shifts away from the blame game, there's a growing interest in climate-action strategy.

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Global climate change promises to be as big an issue in 2008, politically, as it was last year. In the United States, presidential and congressional elections are likely to be a major factor in this accelerating interest. That's particularly true since the issue is closely related to energy policy, not to mention the instability in Iraq, an oil-rich part of the world.

The debate in Congress has shifted from what is causing rising global temperatures to the strategies for fighting it. The Oregonian newspaper reports:

"A Senate committee approved legislation [last] month that would place mandatory limits on carbon dioxide emissions and create a carbon-trading market – the core components of the Kyoto Treaty. 'Arguing about global warming now is like arguing against gravity,' said Rep. Jay Inslee, D-Wash.... Lawmakers from both parties, along with lobbyists and advocates ... say the issue has never seen stronger momentum on Capitol Hill."

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