Independent Joe Lieberman and Republican John Warner have drafted legislation which would see 75 per cent of the US economy subject to emissions caps, with an interim target of hitting 1990CO2
levels by 2020.
'With all the irrefutable evidence we now have corroborating that climate change is real, dangerous, and proceeding faster than many scientists predicted, this is the year for Congress to move this critical legislation,' said Lieberman.
The pair hope that the bill will leave the committee stage and enter the Senate by next year, but Warner acknowledged that the process would be both 'very long and contentious'. Both Senators expressed frustration with the Bush administration's focus on voluntary targets.
But environmental groups have already decried the proposals as inadequate. US Friends of the Earth President, Brent Blackwelder, said that the bill would 'fall far short of our responsibility as one of the world's largest global warming emitters.'
This article first appeared in the Ecologist October 2007