Sunday, April 20, 2008

18 STATES SIGN PLEDGE TO PRESSURE FEDS ON CLIMATE CHANGE

SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS - Frustrated by the paralysis in Washington over combating climate change, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and officials from 17 other states signed a pledge to pressure Congress and the next president to quickly adopt aggressive limits on greenhouse-gas emissions. . . The 18 states represent more than half of the U.S. population, and state officials said their declaration would help build momentum toward national adoption of emissions controls similar to what California and other states already have adopted. . . Besides California, the states signing the pledge Friday were Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Virginia and Washington.