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Greenhouse Bill Gets Warm Reception in Minnesota

October 23, 2007

St. Paul, MN/Washington D.C. – Both Minnesota Senators are backing a blueprint to battle global warming. A bill being called "America's Climate Security Act" would require power plants and vehicles to reduce greenhouse gases by 70 percent by 2050. Gary Botzek with the Minnesota Conservation Federation says it's a moderate timetable that won't impact the economy and will hold down energy costs.

"This will put in place a plan that would reduce global warming pollution from major emitters, such as power plants and oil refineries, by about two percent each year from current levels."

Jeremy Symons with the National Wildlife Federation hopes the plan is something that will really hit home.

"The issue is of vital importance for people throughout Minnesota. Look at the impacts on wildlife, for example. Global warming is projected to have a huge impact on all kinds of water, whether it's wetlands that ducks depend on, or cold water that's important for so many fish species. It really threatens to wreak havoc across Minnesota's environment."

Symons calls it a realistic plan that will work. He says the bill puts a gradual cap on emissions from electric power, transportation and manufacturing sources that are responsible for three quarters of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions.

The bill (S.R. 2191) goes before the Senate Environment Committee Wednesday. Chief sponsors are Sens. Lieberman (I-CT) and Warner (R-VA).

Jim Wishner/John Robinson, Public News Service - MN