A recent report which highlighted two weather related disasters in Illinois could begin an introduction of effective measures to reduce green house gases. The report calls for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to finalize rules aimed at cutting the largest contributors to carbon emissions. The move is considered a major step towards reducing carbon emissions in the U.S.
The U.S. is one of the biggest producers of carbon gases on the planet!
CHICAGO — After a year that saw many parts of the country hit by scorching heat, devastating wildfires, severe storms and record flooding, a new report finds the vast majority of Illinoisans live in counties recently affected by weather disasters.
Given that global warming could lead to certain extreme weather events becoming even more common or more severe in the future, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., Environment Illinois, and experts called for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to finalize pending rules to cut the largest sources of dangerous carbon pollution. The April 4 report found that 97percent of Illinoisans live in counties affected by federally declared weather-related disasters since 2006.
The report highlighted two weather-related disasters that took place in Illinois last year: the spring flooding of the Mississippi River, which forced the evacuation of the entire town of Cairo, Ill., killed seven people, and caused up to $9 billion in damages; and Chicago’s Groundhog Day blizzard, in which 70 mph winds and 20 inches of snow stranded up to 1,500 motorists on Lake Shore Drive. That storm killed 36 people in the Midwest and inflicted $1.8 billion in damages. “Millions of Illinoisans have lived through extreme weather, causing extremely big problems for Illinois’ economy and our public safety,” said Max Muller, Environment Illinois’ program director. “Given that global warming will likely fuel even more extreme weather, we need to cut dangerous carbon pollution now.”
Durbin, who joined Environment Illinois to release the report April 4, said: “We ought to face the reality of greenhouse gas emissions and create energy and environmental policies to reduce their destructive impact. We need to invest in renewable energy and pollution controls to help slow the effects of climate change and protect our public health. It is critical that we leave our children and grandchildren with a sustainable planet and a promising, bright future.”
News Source: The Rock River Times