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Western Governors Target Greenhouse Gasses

posted on March 2, 2007

At the annual winter meeting of the National Governors Association, governors from Arizona, California, New Mexico, Oregon and Washington state, agreed to develop a regional strategy aimed at lowering greenhouse gases.

New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, a democrat seeking his party's presidential nomination, said, "You're going to see a domino effect with more states taking action." California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who has pursued some of the most aggressive efforts in the country to curb CO2 emissions said, "This agreement shows the power of states to lead our nation addressing climate change."

More than two dozen states have drawn up plans to combat global warming, and many governors have signed-on to efforts calling for 25 percent of energy supplies be from renewable sources by 2025. President Bush reiterated that his administration's plan to expand research and use alternative fuels would reduce gasoline consumption by 20 percent over the next 10 years.

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