The threat of global warming and climate change has caused a stir in the public creating a trend with Americans attempting to go green and searching for more fuel efficient and alternative ways of living. Reports indicate, due to increased human activity since the Industrial Revolution, greenhouse gases, which are emitted into the atmosphere, have likely caused a change in temperature, precipitation, storms and sea level.

In the future, greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere will be more likely to rise unless changes are made to decrease the level of greenhouse gas emissions. The continuation of high levels of greenhouse emissions will then cause the Earth’s average temperature to rise, also considering that the climate varies due to natural influences such as the sun’s intensity and volcanic activity.

Government officials have also worked for decades to promote new measures in legislature that would support the implementation of new concepts in daily living and industrial approaches. Recently, a large step was made in the way of promoting a positive impact on climate change.

Iceberg

Many claim melting icebergs are proof of global warming and climate change. This iceberg is located off the coast of Cape York, Greenland. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.com.

On the evening of June 26th, the House passed the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 by a vote of 219 to 212. This bill, if passed, will dramatically change the way in which the U.S. government regulates pollution. A cap and trade system would be instituted under the climate change bill which would intend to lower America’s production of greenhouse gases by 17% by the year 2020 and a staggering 83% by the year 2050.

The bill also intends to make a positive impact in the way of developing alternative energy sources and cleaner technologies. Required building standards would also be more efficient.




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