Wednesday, May 09, 2007

31 STATES JOIN IN TRACKING EMISSIONS

JANET WILSON, LA TIMES - Led by California, 31 states representing more than 70% of the U.S. population announced that they would measure and jointly track greenhouse gas emissions by major industries. The newly formed Climate Registry is the latest example of states going further than the federal government in taking steps to combat global warming. State officials, along with some industrial groups and environmentalists, say the registry is a crucial precursor to both mandatory and market-based regulation of industrial gases that contribute to warming. All agree that the most important part of the new registry is subjecting emissions statistics to third-party verification - unlike a Bush administration program that does not require verification. "You have to be able to count carbon pollution in order to cut carbon pollution," said Frances Beinecke, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council.