One state lawmaker fears a so-called "Global Warming Coordinator" will be just another bureaucrat.
The state DNR recently posted the full-time position, but Rep. Jim Ott (R-Mequon), finds it interesting the Coordinator won't need any degree in meteorology or climatology. He doesn't see how someone without a science background will know enough about the issues to make reasonable decisions.
Ott, who coincidentally is a meteorologist who has taught college courses on climatology, forecasts another heavy-handed bureaucracy may be brewing.
Ott says the Governor's Task Force on Global Warming recently put forth a report urging the Legislature to pass laws aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The recommendations carried through on the state-level, Ott says, wouldn't impact global warming at all. He says national and international action is needed to really make a difference.