Climate change discussion sparks questions about politics - - Jackson, MS

Climate change discussion sparks questions about politics

By Ashley Conroy - email

JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - President of the National Wildlife Federation, Larry Schweiger held a forum at Millsaps College in Jackson on Friday about the need to act now about climate change.

He wrote a book titled "Last Chance" in what he says is fitting for what policy makers in Washington have a chance to do.

"It is that last moment that we have to change our energy direction," Schweiger said.

Those who attended his forum today agree with Schweiger and say some are choosing to ignore the research.

"I think that people in general don't see what's going on," said Student Lizzie Wright after purchasing Schweiger book.

Others say the issue of global warming is centered around politics and media hype.

"If you're preconceived to think that global warming is a liberal cause, it's a political issue, then you may be more inclined to discount it," said Computer Science Professor William Bares.

Wright agrees. "People who are more conservative listen to the more conservative politicians."

As for Schweiger, he says it's an issue of lawmakers to agree to invest in clean energy.

"It's more about getting a policy change in Washington, we need an oil change in Washington."

Though Schweiger believes it isn't an issue of politics, but rather facts.

"It's time to move away from dirty fuels and move away from foreign nations for dependency."


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