New US bill to limit carbon dioxide pollution



Posted on 30 March 2004  | 
The new House of Representatives bill shows that there is growing concern in the US on the impacts of climate change, such as drought.
© WWF-Canon / Michel GuntherEnlarge
Washington, DC, US - Republicans and Democrats today unveiled a bipartisan House of Representatives bill to limit carbon dioxide (CO2) pollution. Called the US Climate Stewardship Act, the bill would establish the first-ever national US regulations for reductions in greenhouse gas emissions from major energy, transportation, and manufacturing industries. The bill also allows for emissions trading, similar to the EU's legislation to implement the Kyoto Protocol, the EU Emissions Trading Directive.

WWF-US welcomes the bill, saying it reflects building momentum in the US for responsible action to address global warming.
 
“Limits on heat-trapping carbon emissions are urgently needed to protect American communities and the wild places we love from the impacts of global warming," says
Brooks Yeager, Vice President, Global Threats at WWF-US. "By sponsoring a House Climate Stewardship Act, this bipartisan group has set the stage for the US House of Representatives to address the root cause of global warming — carbon emissions from the burning of dirty fossil fuels."

“Responsible leaders should embrace a limit on heat-trapping carbon dioxide emissions and use existing solutions such as energy efficient technologies and renewable energy sources to achieve it," he adds.
 
The bill is a House version of the McCain-Lieberman bill, introduced to the US Senate last year. Although it did not win a vote, 43 senators supported the bill, shattering the myth that the US Senate will never seriously consider action to address the environmental problem of global warming and climate change.

Both the US House of Representatives and the US Senate must pass the bill or similar versions of it before it can become law.
 
For further information:
Kathleen Sullivan
WWF-US
Tel: +1 202 778 9576
E-mail: kathleen.sullivan@wwfus.org
The new House of Representatives bill shows that there is growing concern in the US on the impacts of climate change, such as drought.
© WWF-Canon / Michel Gunther Enlarge

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