Washington, DC (May 14, 2007)- Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Olympia Snowe (R-ME) introduced bipartisan legislation that would lay the foundation for a national greenhouse gas cap-and-trade program. This legislation would establish the first national greenhouse gas registry- a comprehensive and uniform system to track greenhouse emissions by major industries.
“If we are going to make a mandatory cap-and-trade system work-which is the most effective way of reducing greenhouse gases-we need the best data available on greenhouse gas emissions in the United States,” remarked Senator Snowe.
The “Carbon Counter” bill would amend the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) to include greenhouse gases. The EPCRA was originally passed in 1986 and requires that certain facilities report to the Environmental Protection Agency annually on the release and storage of various listed substances.
“Our proposal simply requires facilities to add their greenhouse gas emissions to their annual report to the EPA. It is simple and cost effective,” commented Snowe.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar
Sen. Olympia Snowe