August 25, 2005

The Green Revolt

Looks like our states are done waiting for Bush to do something about climate change. Their proposals aren't as stringent as Kyoto, but something's better than nothing:

America's north-eastern states are on the brink of a declaration of environmental independence with the introduction of mandatory controls on greenhouse gas emissions of the kind rejected by the Bush administration.

In the first regional agreement of its kind in the US, nine states are expected to announce a plan next month to freeze carbon dioxide emissions from big power stations by 2009 and then reduce them by 10% by 2020.

... On the other side of the continent, California, Oregon, Washington, New Mexico and Arizona are exploring similar agreements, representing a clear break between state governments and Washington over global warming.

... The American response to global warming has split the Republican party. Two powerful Republican state governors, Arnold Schwarzenegger in California and George Pataki in New York, have played leading roles in the regional initiatives. ...

Good luck with that.

Posted by natasha at August 25, 2005 12:44 AM | Environment | Technorati links |

If the Bushies' claims about rejecting Kyoto are true then the red states, with Texas in the vanguard, will economically crush the poor soft-headed coastal states. I'm not holding my breath, but it's a nice controlled experiment nevertheless.

Posted by: sean at August 25, 2005 05:32 AM

I can't remember where I read it, but some recent energy bill has a part in it that specifically forbids states from doing this. That's how much the Bush administration doesn't want this to happen.

I wish I remember where I read it. :(

Let's hope that whatever it is, that the icky bill restricting us from doing this doesn't get passed because I'd really hate to see the world die before I do.



Posted by: Hanna at August 26, 2005 05:54 PM