Local politicians urge Congress to take action against climate change

By WEEK Producer

July 30, 2013 Updated Jul 30, 2013 at 9:48 AM CDT

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. -- Politicians and members of the agricultural community met on Monday to warn Congress that climate change could have a profound effect on American farm land.

Climate change is a controversial topic in politics, typically talked about by democrats.

Those on the panel said the scientific community is in agreement that climate change is directly linked to carbon emissions.

52nd District state Senator Mike Frerichs said he hopes that Congress works on policies to encourage green energy like Illinois legislators have done on the state level.

"You see here around McLean County lots of wind farms have grown over the last decade, providing electricity for us without increasing the amount of carbon in the atmosphere," said Sen. Frerichs. "We need to work on solutions like that. We need to do it together, and we need to do it soon."

Senator Frerichs said Congress should offer incentives for corporations to use green energy.

The conference was intended to raise awareness of climate change rather than offer solutions to the issue.

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