Panel says US must act now to curb global warming

By DINA CAPPIELLO | May 12, 2011 | 1:15 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — An expert panel asked by Congress to recommend ways to deal with global warming says action needs to be taken "as soon as possible" to reduce the pollution responsible.

But Republicans and some Democrats in Congress are pushing measures that would delay or halt emissions reductions.

The report from the 22-member committee assembled by the National Research Council was released Thursday. The panel says the most economical way to reduce pollution is to put a price on carbon pollution from the burning of fossil fuels.

Two years ago, the Democratic-led Congress passed a bill in the House to do just that, but it died in the Senate.

President Barack Obama also supported such a system. But after Republicans won the House last year, he said he would use other methods.