California Leads the Way
California Governor Schwarzenegger has announced plans to cap carbon dioxide emissions and establish a carbon emission market to help do so. Legislation introduced in the State Assembly would make California the first state to impose limits on the emissions of all greenhouse gases. The bill requires that carbon dioxide and other gas emissions linked to global warming be brought back to the 1990 level – reduced by 145 million tons, or 25 percent less than the current forecast, by 2020.
This dramatically demonstrates that when national leaders founder, it is up to states and individuals to lead, and emissions must be reduced so dramatically that we need to start somewhere now. Congratulations to California.