America could have done this decades ago if our leaders had not so cravenly and consistently caved to the fossil fuel and nuclear industries. Instead we got the fake energy crisis of '99-'00 which saw Enron and Bush admin. ship billion$ from California to Texas in a corrupt energy-market manipulation scheme and now Obama expands drilling, frakking and plays kissy-poo with the nuclear industry while China builds the windmills our workers could be building and we could have been 50% solar by 2000.
Is today the day the Sun transitions into its high phase of sunspot activity - due to peak around mid-2013? Get ready for some severe droughts and extra severe storm activity (and possibly a couple of power knockouts due to CMEs) over the next 2 years. [image updated: May 6, 2012]
Perhaps those who honestly doubt climate change could visit one of the atolls in Kiribati and talk the people there who now have to relocate their entire population. I say honestly because most climate change deniers are partisan hacks or paid hacks who know better but lie about it to manipulate certain lesser educated voting blocs.
Warmer temperatures mean more peat fires and conditions that allow forest fires to burn more intensely and longer. Peat fires can release vast quantities of CO2.