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by Nicole Loschke, staff writer

Hawai‘i wasn’t alone. The report showed that 28 states more than doubled their carbon dioxide emissions between 1960 and 2001.

“ When you find yourself in a hole, the first thing you do is stop digging,” said U.S. PIRG field organizer, Christopher Clair. “To protect future generations from the effects of global warming, we need to stop this trend of increasing pollution.”

To reduce these emissions, California Representative Henry Waxman introduced the Safe Climate Act this summer.

According to Waxman, “PIRG’s report shows state-by-state how the problem has been growing for decades. Now is the time to heed the scientists and start healing the climate.

“ The Safe Climate Act will dramatically reduce emissions of greenhouse gases to the levels needed to avoid dangerous global warming. ” The plan is to replace old energy sources with new ones.

The Safe Climate Act requires the U.S. to reduce its global warming pollution 15 percent by 2020 and 80 percent by 2050. The bill calls for improved energy efficiency and a greater reliance on clean, renewable energy sources.

“ Hawai‘i is too small to have emissions as high as they have been,” said HPU student Cassie Furuichi. “If this bill or some other measures are not taken, you have to wonder what will happen to us.”

The PIRGs have worked to pass this bill by raising funds to generate public support for the bill and pass it in the House and Senate.

The Honolulu PIRG, along with 60 other offices across the country, will raise funds by doing door-to-door and street canvassing.

This fall, look for U.S. PIRG canvassers on campus.



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