Governors from five western states join forces against global warming

Mon, 2007-02-26 13:38Bill Miller
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Governors from five western states join forces against global warming

Arizona governor Janet Napolitano said western states “are particularly hard-hit by the effects of climate change,” with recent droughts and worse-than-usual fire seasons.

“In the absence of meaningful federal action, it is up to the states to take action to address climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in this country,” said Napolitano, a Democrat.

Her Republican colleague, California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, said a cap-and-trade program, which lets companies that can't meet their emission reduction targets buy credits from those that reduce carbon dioxide, would provide “a powerful framework for developing a national cap-and-trade program. … This agreement shows the power of states to lead our nation addressing climate change.”

The agreement — called the Western Regional Climate Action Initiative — builds on earlier efforts by several states.

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It is interesting to see the municipalities and states getting ahead of federal governments in reducing fossil fuel emissions. Maybe it is because the “deniers” have failed to influence the smaller governments to the degree they have to the federal governments. Or, maybe the local governments really are more responsible [as the Dali Lama said] , and are trying to protect their constituents. We have seen so many examples of the federal governments in Canada and the USA abdicating their responsiblities to the citizens in industrial regulations. If the feds refuse to help out, maybe more powers can be transferred to local governments - that just might help save the world!!
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