Friday, June 27, 2003

Rights and Reason: Maine climate change law to be first in nation

The Portland Press Hearld reports that Maine Gov. John Baldacci signed the first a state law in the nation that sets specific goals and a timeline to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

Maine's law will require the state to develop a "climate change action plan."

The state Department of Environmental Protection will work with state agencies, individuals, businesses and others to come up with ways to reduce carbon dioxide emissions to 1990 levels by 2010, to 10 percent below those levels by 2020 and, eventually, by as much as 80 percent.

The bill's sponsor, state Rep. Ted Koffman, a Democrat from Bar Harbor, said it's important that the DEP will work with others to develop ways to meet the goals.

"We're not mandating a command-and-control approach as to how we're going to get these emissions down," he said. "It could be that in certain cases a regulatory approach would be the most effective and appropriate way of achieving some piece of our overall goal. In other cases, it may be education or technical assistance that is needed."
Oh, please. The article goes on to document the response of Maine's congressional delegation to the new state law:

All four members of Maine's congressional delegation support national measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe, a Republican, said in a written statement Tuesday that she applauds the state for passing the law.

"The signing of this law should provide impetus for the Senate to consider the Climate Stewardship Act, legislation I co-sponsored to establish a cap-and-trade system to reduce (carbon dioxide) emissions," she said.

Sen. Susan Collins, also a Republican, said in a written statement that "climate change is a serious and growing threat. The most important thing we can do to combat global warming is to take concrete steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. That is why I recently joined Senators (Jim) Jeffords and (Joseph) Lieberman to introduce the Clean Power Act."

Snowe also supports that law.

That bill would reduce greenhouse gas emissions from power plants to 1990 levels by 2009.

U.S. Rep. Tom Allen, a Democrat who represents Maine's 1st Congressional District, has consistently pressed for reduction in greenhouse emissions.
It is appalling that there was no opposition to this bill on basis of the scientific claims made by those who believe in man-caused climate change. When 9/11 came, I asked myself where were the mid-East experts to warn us about the growing threat of Islam. Now I find myself asking where are the scientists to warn us about the growing threat of the environmentalists.

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