As the state’s three public universities collaborate today in the statewide climate change summit, University of Idaho President Chuck Staben took the podium at Boise State in Boise. “I don’t have to tell this audience that climate change is actually quite a contentious issue in the United States,” Staben said, but he noted that the controversy has revolved around the role of humans in causing it. “I think the summit organizers were … wise to frame this summit primarily in terms of our response to climate change,” he said. “I think the summit has taken a very pragmatic approach.”
“The challenge of climate change is a very large one, and I think it’s important for us all to collaborate,” Staben said, “for our universities to collaborate with one another and for our universities to collaborate with businesses, industries and government agencies, so it’s great to see all of you represented here.”
Staben spoke briefly just before the summit broke for lunch; earlier in the morning, BSU President Bob Kustra welcomed the crowd.