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Midwest states agree on action plan for climate change

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People are definitely starting to wake up. The Midwest was home territory for the GOP for many years. Now the Midwest is taking regional action:

The heartland has spoken. Governors from six Midwestern states and the premier of Manitoba, Canada, signed a regional agreement to cap greenhouse gas emissions last week. With similar trading schemes already in place in the north-east and west coast of the US, that means 48 per cent of America’s population is now covered.

The Midwestern Greenhouse Gas Reduction Accord is the third regional emissions agreement initiated in the US in recent years, in the absence of a federal emissions reduction programme. “We can’t afford to wait for the federal government. Our environment and security challenges are too great,” says Matt Canter, spokesman for Jim Doyle, governor of Wisconsin, who chairs the Midwestern Governors Association.

The accord commits Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas and Manitoba to establishing an emissions credit trading system by 2010. If this group were a country, it would be the seventh largest emitter of greenhouse gases in the world.

Written by Leisureguy

24 November 2007 at 2:33 pm

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