Protocol Be Damned

| July 30, 2003

The United States may have withdrawn from the Kyoto Protocol on global warming, but the united states are ready to comply. Last week Glenn Scherer of reported that a bipartisan group of governors from several Northeastern states are expected to announce their commitment to the reduction of greenhouse gases and the implementation of sustainable alternatives to fossil fuel. 'I think what you'll see is nearly every Mid-Atlantic and New England state agreeing to join in a regional [carbon dioxide] cap and trade regime,' said Bradley Campbell, commissioner of New Jersey's Department of Environmental Protection.

Campbell also noted that many Republican governors have reported pressure from the Bush Administration not to participate in the regional program. Scherer predicted that as many as six states with Republican leadership are expected to enact the environmental legislation, including Gov. Pataki of New York, Gov. Benson of New Hampshire, Gov. Rowland of Connecticut 'and possibly' Gov. Douglas of Vermont. Pennsylvania's Governor, Edward Rendell, is undecided, as the state's economy is heavily dependent on coal.

Thus far, Maryland is the only state to side with the White House. According to Campbell, Governor Erlich 'has largely aligned himself with the pollution policies of the Bush administration which has been hostile to even acknowledging climate change as a problem.'
-- Erin Ferdinand

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