Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

`Clear Skies Initiative' Seeks to Reduce Gas Emissions

Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

`Clear Skies Initiative' Seeks to Reduce Gas Emissions

Article excerpt

New initiatives announced by the Bush Administration last week outline the president's plan to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions responsible for global warming and to address emissions from power plants under a new "Clear Skies Initiative."

The Global Climate Change (GCC) initiative is designed to reduce greenhouse gas intensity (GHG intensity represents the ratio of GHG emissions to economic output) by 18 percent over the next 10 years, and serves as an alternative to the requirements in the Kyoto Treaty. According to the administration, "the goal is comparable to the average progress that nations participating in the Kyoto Protocol are required to achieve."

The administration's proposal anticipates expanded research and technology development as well as the increased use of renewable energy. It provides $4.6 billion over the next five years for climate change-related activities and tax credits for renewable energy sources.

A policy review will be undertaken in 2012 and if insufficient progress toward meeting the 18 percent reduction goal is noted, "and sound science justifies further policy action," additional measures will be implemented. Companies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions prior to the review will be assured that their reductions will count in the event of mandatory GHG requirements in the future.

The Clear Skies Initiative -- targeted to power plants -- is intended to cut sulfur dioxide nitrogen oxide and mercury emissions by interim and final specified caps by 2010 and 2018 respectively The administration is proposing to model the Clear Skies program on the current "cap and trade" program currently used to control acid rain (essentially caused by sulfur dioxide emissions). …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.