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Lobbyists continue push for climate change

March 21, 2007

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— The fight against global warming is getting an extra push from lobbyists and lawmakers in a series of efforts aimed at spurring Congress to take decisive steps to reverse the negative trend of climate change.

Today, former Vice President Al Gore, perhaps the most prominent advocate for climate change and author of the Oscar-winning documentary "An Inconvenient Truth," is to testify before two congressional environmental committees. He has promised to bring a mailbag of the nearly 300,000 postcards he has received since Christmas to help convince Congress the country is ready for federal action to curb the effects of global warming.

The star power of Gore's testimony may give the Senate and House the momentum necessary for lawmakers to meet self-imposed deadlines to bring an emissions-reduction bill to a vote.

Several senators have pledged to push for action in this session of Congress, while House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has promised to have legislation on the floor by July 4.

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