Climate Policy Developments in the States

by William Yeatman on January 13, 2009

Iowa Governor Chet Culver (D) and leading legislators from both political parties have indicated that they are unlikely to consider seriously the 56 greenhouse gas reduction recommendations made by the state’s Climate Change Advisory Council because of the $4.8 billion price tag.

Leaders in the Kansas legislature promise to continue trying to overturn the controversial decision by Governor Kathleen Sebelieus (D) to block coal-fired power plants in the State because of greenhouse gas emissions. Rep. Carl Holmes (R-Liberal), chairman of the House Energy and Utilities Committee, told the Topeka Constitution Journal that it is unfair to deny a coal plant in western Kansas when more than a dozen coal-burning units dot the eastern side of the State. The Governor said she would unveil an energy program “with some clear detail” in her State of the State speech Monday night.

In Texas, Sen. Rodney Ellis (D, District 13) introduced Senate Bill 136, the Texas Global Warming Solutions Act, which would create a cap-and-trade system for the State's carbon emissions. The bill calls for the state's environmental commission to develop a plan to reduce Texas greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020.

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