The Bipartisan Global Warming Reduction Act

Senators John Kerry (D-MA) and Olympia Snowe (R-ME) introduced climate legislation that would set the nation on a path to avoid a catastrophic warming. Some highlights of the Global Warming Reduction Act:

Requires that the U.S. freeze emissions in 2010 and then calls for a gradual reduction each year to 65% below 2000 emissions levels by 2050. The bill achieves these targets through a flexible, economy-wide cap-and-trade program for greenhouse gas emissions.

Requires that passenger vehicles reduce their global warming pollution.

Includes measures to advance technology and reduce emissions through clean, renewable energy and energy efficiency in the transportation, industrial and residential sectors.

Requires the U.S. to derive 20% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020.

This is a serious bipartisan climate proposal from the Senate, similar to another one that Jim Jeffords (I-VT) introduce this summer. These will certainly never become law as long as George W. Bush is president, and they may not even get voted on unless congressional leadership changes after the mid-terms, but they do show that some senior lawmakers understand the scale of the problem and solution.

3 Responses to The Bipartisan Global Warming Reduction Act

  1. Peter Boespflug says:

    The bare minimum. We should require more, such as the federal government requiring that all its vehicles and facilikties switch to alternative renewable energy sources by 2020.

  2. The government should try to reduce the use of all government vehichels to only those that are absolutly necessary. If it is not justified travel the expense should be on the individual that is going from one place to the other.

    This program should start at the top and work down.

  3. Metric Clay says:

    If we don’t stop the stalking that is causing to illegal use of vehicles has been a problem with the illegal immigrates that is about 20 million we aren’t going to end this Globe Warming. This type has lead to 500 million in illegal privacy invasion and 50 billion is identity theft. We have a lot of racial profiling that is illegally stalking even using the “Star Wars” program. The illegal use of re po and total cars that have been is accidents that are taken to other states an put on the states.