Washington, DC (May 8, 2007)- Thirty-one states, representing over 70 percent of the U.S. population, today announced that they are charter members of The Climate Registry, marking the largest national effort to take action on climate change.
The list of 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, and Wyoming. Two Canadian provinces, British Columbia and Manitoba, have also committed to participate in the Climate Registry.
The newly formed climate registry is a tool to measure, track, verify and publicly report greenhouse gas emissions accurately, transparently and consistently across borders and industry sectors. The Registry will support voluntary, market-based and regulatory GHG emissions reporting programs. The Registry gives business and policymakers an essential accounting tool for tracking the success of the many emerging global warming emission reduction initiatives across the country.
Currently, greenhouse gas emissions are not required to be reported in the United States. The lack of leadership at the federal level – combined with the scientific consensus that global warming is occurring – has compelled more than half of the states throughout the U.S. to create The Climate Registry.
Environmental News Service