An environmental advocacy group says it wants Texas lawmakers to begin taking global warming seriously.
New York-based Environmental Defense released a report today that argues Texas lags behind other states in developing a plan to reduce greenhouse gases linked to global warming.
The report identifies initiatives by other states to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, particularly carbon dioxide. Spokesman Colin Rowan says the group feels -- in his words -- that "an elected official would have to have his head in the sand if he's not worried about global warming."
State Representative Dennis Bonnen chairs the Texas House environmental regulation committee. He says the environmental group
can't hold one state responsible for a global problem.
He says Texas lawmakers are acting to protect the environment. He cited the state's push toward development of wind power.