Pelosi asks Yahoo users how to solve climate change

If a politician wants to find out what their constituents think should be done about global warming, why not ask them directly? That's just what House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi is doing when she appears on Yahoo Answersthis week, reports Green Wombat.

If a politician wants to find out what their constituents think should be done about global warming, why not ask them directly? That's just what House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi is doing when she appears on Yahoo Answersthis week, reports Green Wombat.

Yahoo Answers is probably the biggest call-in show ever. Users don't really call in, of course; they log in to ask questions on just about any topic. In return, they can get responses from Yahoo Answer's 90 million members. So far, more than 27,000 people have posted responses to Pelosi's query on what they would like to see included in global warming legislation. Among the recommendations on how Congress should stop global warming:

  • Impose a national greenhouse gas emissions cap;
  • Mandate increased vehicle fuel efficiency;
  • Promote mass transit and bicycling to discourage suburban sprawl.

Yahoo Answers features the usual Digg-style user voting on every response, subject to the vagaries of the mob. Thus warnings to reject "eco-Marxism" received top ratings and contributions by environmental experts Lester Brown and Simran Sethi were so low-rated that Yahoo hid them from display.