Thursday, June 21, 2007

NJ Passes Major Global Warming Bill

This year's New Jersey Legislature may go down in history as one of the most ambitious. Not only has it passed its budget well in advance of deadline, in this last week of the current session, it has essentially "outlawed" both spam and global warming.

From The Star-Ledger:
A bill that commits New Jersey to the most ambitious goals in the nation for reducing the greenhouse gases responsible for global warming won final approval tonight as the Legislature wrapped up its business for the summer and adjourned.

The bill (A3301) requires the state Department of Environmental Protection to develop a plan to reduce greenhouse gases to 1990 levels by 2010, and to 80 percent below last year's levels by 2050. Those are the same goals Corzine set in an executive order he issued in February.

Although other states, notably California, have taken steps to combat global warming, only New Jersey has set such an ambitious target for reducing greenhouse gases by mid-century, according to Suzanne Leta Liou of Environment New Jersey, an environmental advocacy group.

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