A Bill to Control Global Warming

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A Bill to Control Global Warming


In the past century, humanity has unknowingly embarked on a collision course with an environmental disaster of planetary proportions. It is called global warming. Global warming is no longer a theory; it's a reality. And it's worse than we thought. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change recently predicted that this century will see the average global temperature rise between 2.4 and 10.4 F -- much more than the 1 F change we saw in the 20th century.

The US, which holds much of the blame for global warming, has taken no serious steps to curb it. Among his first actions as president, Mr. Bush recklessly rebuffed international negotiations to reduce greenhouse gases through the Kyoto Protocol. His flip-flop on his campaign promise to reduce [CO.sub.2] emissions from powerplants and his subsequent slashing of budgets for conservation and renewable energy research further drove home the message that he had no intention of taking the problem seriously.

This makes state action all the more important. Bluewater has launched a campaign to make California a leader in reducing greenhouse gas emissions from its largest source -- transportation -- and to do so in an economically sustainable way.

California is a natural place to address global warming emissions from transportation. …

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