By Dan Shapley
Competition for already scarce water, resources needed to fight more intense wildfires, and a health care system strained by the introduction of new tropical diseases. Governors of Western states got a sobering view of a future that will strain governments and taxpayer resources if global warming is not curbed. Western states, led by California, have taken a leading role in climate change mitigation. Their economy-wide plan to reduce carbon dioxide emissions is among the boldest steps yet planned in the United States. At a conference of governors, the state leaders got a lesson about just how critical it is that the find a plan that succeeds, according to a story in the June 13 Salt Lake Tribune.