The Environmental News Service reported today that thirty-one states have announced that they are charter members of The Climate Registry to take responsibility for reducing their greenhouse gas emissions. This was primarily driven by the lack of leadership at the federal level to deal with global warming. ENS says this marks the largest national effort to take action on climate change.
ENS explains that the climate registry is a tool to measure, track, verify and publicly report greenhouse gas emissions across borders and industry sectors. Currently, it's not mandatory to report greenhouse gas emissions in the United States.
Founding member states and tribes includes the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Utah, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming and the Campo Kumeyaay Nation. In addition, two Canadian provinces, British Columbia and Manitoba, have committed to participate in the Climate Registry. Click the link for the complete ENS story.
ENS also reports that a group of large corporations calling on the federal government to enact mandatory national legislation to cap and trade greenhouse gas emissions doubled its membership to 22 corporate partners. Major greenhouse gas emitters such as automotive, oil and chemical companies are among the new members of the U.S. Climate Change Partnership, said ENS.
These companies are pledging to support national legislation to reduce America's emission of greenhouse gases by 60 to 80 percent by 2050. Click the link for the complete ENS story.