Don Kopp

Victoria Wicks

The United States needs a strong national energy policy but nationally, we can’t seem to agree on whether it’s hot or cold. This constant bickering and nitpicking blocks the nation from taking meaningful action. Meanwhile, earlier this month, the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere hit a level higher than it has for millions of years. For today’s Dakota Digest, SDPB’s Victoria Wicks listens to the noise of the national debate and brings it home with a couple of South Dakota voices.

Climate change, global warming, greenhouse effect—people can't even agree on the terminology. Whatever it’s called, conventional wisdom in the United States tells us it’s a liberal issue, that conservatives don’t believe human activity has much to do with it.

But it’s not all that simple, even here in the red state of South Dakota. A few conservative voices have emerged over the years to support taking action to prevent or mitigate the effects of human activity on the earth’s climate.