Conservative lawmakers are using climate change as a political issue. Environmentalists are not happy.
"[Republicans] are using [climate change ] to sell everything from building dams and nuclear power plants to thinning forests.
The arguments are simple enough: Higher temperatures reduce mountain snowpack, so more dams are needed to capture winter precipitation that falls as rain.
Nuclear power plants produce few greenhouse gases, the leading cause of manmade warming.
Forest fires, on the other hand, send plenty of gases into the air -- so why not encourage timber companies to clear more brush to reduce fire risk?"