'Global Warming Pollution Reduction Act' Introduced

In a rather unrealistic attempt to address climate change on the federal level, Sen. James Jeffords (I-VT) introduced the ‘Global Warming Pollution Reduction Act’. If passed, the bill would require the United States to reduce carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 80% from 1990 levels by 2050. Although the Act calls for mandatory GHG emissions reductions from the automobile and power industries, it does not articulate strategies, such as the always popular cap-and-trade mechanism. Jeffords and his 10 co-sponsors did provide the following GHG reduction targets that use 1990 as a baseline: 27% by 2030, 54% by 2040, and 80% by 2050. The bill would also require annual reductions of 2% between 2010 and 2020. Furthermore, the Act would call for the U.S. to obtain 20% of its power from renewable sources by 2020. Although a bill this dramatic has little chance of gaining majority support, Jeffords suggested that only reductions of this scale would be effective in stabilizing global temperatures. See also ::Global Warming Mug Heats up the Topic and ::"CO2: We Call it Life" ads: We Call it Hysterical