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Cities leave US behind on climate accord

With the Bush Administration continuing to keep its head in the proverbial sand when it comes to global warming, many states are taking action and leaving the US as a whole in the dust, and are inviting key European allies here to talk about new strategies, according to a new report in Bloomberg. States are moving toward mandatory, rather than voluntary action, the news report said, citing officials from the Pew Center on Global Climate Change. More than a dozen states are working on everything from cap-and-trade regulations to tightening up standards on vehicle tailpipe emissions. Bloomberg’s report comes just days after Pres. George W. Bush delivered his final State of the Union address. Here is a quick read of the story:
“The clear message from the states is that we need mandatory action,” said Elliot Diringer, director of international strategies at the Pew Center on Global Climate Change. “There appears to be consensus within the U.S. and abroad that we need to move beyond the voluntary approach.” (…) In his State of the Union address Monday, Bush committed $2 billion to deploy clean-energy technologies in developing countries. He failed to endorse climate change legislation under debate in Congress that would cap emissions. “American business and the American public are calling for mandatory federal action,” Eileen Claussen, president of the Pew Center, said in a statement. “The White House must go much further if it wants to be seen as a leader on climate action.”


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Ask the Experts: Submit Your Permaculture Questions Now

Attention all growers, food-lovers, and green-living enthusiasts, we are once again celebrating Permaculture Month by putting our pioneering permaculture authors to work for you.Chelsea Green is proud to publish and distribute some of the most recognized, and award-winning, names in permaculture, and we’re making several of them available to our readers to answer any and all […] Read More
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