Monday, July 09, 2007

New Jersey Beat Us?

There's a hint of congratulation in that title. New Jersey just enacted a very strict mandate for reducing carbon dioxide emissions. Some details here:

On the eve of the Live Earth Concerts for a Climate in Crisis, Governor Jon S. Corzine signed legislation adopting proactive and ambitious goals for the reduction of green house gas emissions in New Jersey. The legislation calls for reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020, approximately a 20 percent reduction, followed by a further reduction of emissions to 80 percent below 2006 levels by 2050. New Jersey is only the third state in the nation make greenhouse gas reduction goals law and these provisions were previously set in Executive Order 54 which the Governor signed in February.
Now those are some pretty steep reductions. Not as much as the Kyoto Protocol (5% BELOW 1990 before 2012), but still a great contrast among a nation which mostly does NOTHING. As a Californian, I welcome New Jersey to the greenhouse gas reducing bandwagon. In fact, I'll have to move over. More details here:

California, the world's eighth largest economy, recently enacted a tough greenhouse gas law. Like New Jersey's, it also mandates an emissions cut by 2020. But its long term goal of cutting emissions 80 percent by 2050 is a target, not a hard mandate. Environmentalists said the New Jersey law is tougher than California's because its 2050 target is enforceable.
You see, our long-term goal is actually a SUGGESTION! I sure hope someone mandates that suggestion soon. Let me see, in 2020 I'll be....28. Yeah, I'll work to make that a mandate. But until that happens, New Jersey takes the lead.

(Thanks to Wired Science)

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