Two State Governments Propose Climate Change Legislation

Madison, WI and Hartford, CT (March 3, 2007)- Wisconsin State Senator Mark Miller (D) introduced a Global Warming Solutions bill requiring greenhouse gas emissions to return to 1990 levels by 2020. On March 5, Connecticut Governor Jodi Rell announced legislation that will create a regulatory structure for incentives and penalties designed to reduce carbon emissions statewide.

The Wisconsin bill, similar to a previous bill introduced in California’s state legislature, includes provisions for market-based compliance mechanisms as well as civil and criminal penalties for violations of the bill’s provisions. Beth Bier of Senator Miller’s office said, “They’ll introduce a companion bill in the assembly any day now, then it’s up to both houses to have a hearing, probably this spring or summer.”
The Connecticut legislature will help implement the nine-state Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) agreement which is meant to stabilize carbon dioxide emissions from power plants. Governor Rell said, “As stewards of Connecticut, a healthy environment is one of the most important things we can pass along to our children. This agreement represents one of the most important and aggressive programs in the country to confront greenhouse gases on a comprehensive regional basis.”
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