JANUARY 17, 2007
6:15 AM

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Rob Sargent, 617-747-4317
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Environment New Jersey Commends Introduction of Comprehensive Global Warming Bill

WASHINGTON - January 17 - “We commend New Jersey Senators Lautenberg and Menendez, who are original co-sponsors of the legislation, for introducing this visionary bill to solve one of the greatest challenges facing the U.S. and world.  This is a comprehensive, science-based bill that would harness America’s technological know-how to reduce global warming pollution, while ushering in a new energy future,” said Environment New Jersey Global Warming and Clean Energy Advocate Suzanne Leta Liou. 

Climate scientists warn that the world faces dire consequences unless we immediately and significantly reduce emissions of the pollutants that cause global warming.

The Global Warming Pollution Reduction Act, first introduced last July by now-retired Senator Jim Jeffords (I-VT), would reduce U.S. emissions to 1990 levels by 2020 (a 15% reduction from today’s levels) and to 80% below 1990 levels by 2050.  To achieve these emission reductions, the bill calls for a greater reliance on clean, renewable energy and improved energy efficiency. 

The bill mirrors the New Jersey Global Warming Response Act (A3301/S2114), sponsored by Assemblywoman Linda Stender (D-22) and Senator Barbara Buono (D-18), requiring statewide emissions reductions to below 1990 levels by 2020 (about a 20% reduction from New Jersey’s emissions levels today).  Environment New Jersey is urging all members of the state legislature to co-sponsor this legislation and is also calling on Governor Corzine to issue an Executive Order to reduce statewide emissions by 80% by 2050 and develop a plan to start cutting emissions right away. 

“By investing now in energy efficiency and clean, renewable energy, we can cut our global warming emissions, while reducing our dependence on scarce fossil fuels and, in many cases, creating jobs and saving money.  The result would be a cleaner, more sustainable foundation on which to build America’s economy for the 21st century,” said Leta Liou. 

The original co-sponsors include Senators Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Barbara Boxer (D-CA)m Daniel Akaka (D-HI), Russ Feingold (D-WI), Daniel Inouye (D-HI), Edward Kennedy (D-MA), Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Jack Reed (D-RI), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI).  Co-sponsors of the New Jersey Global Warming Response Act (A3301/S2114) are Asw. Linda Greenstein (D-14), Asw. Vainieri-Huttle (D-37), Asm. Reed Gusciora (D-15) and Senator Tom Kean (R-11).