California takes on global warming (Cnn.com, 31 August 2006)
“SACRAMENTO, California (AP) — California will impose broad caps on its greenhouse-gas emissions under a landmark plan that marks a clear break with the federal government and which backers hope will become a national model.
“Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who helped assemble the plan, called Wednesday’s agreement “an example for other states and nations to follow as the fight against climate change continues.”
“The bill requires the state’s major industries — such as utility plants, oil and gas refineries, and cement kilns — to reduce their emissions carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases by an estimated 25 percent by 2020.
“The nation’s most populous state is the world’s 12th largest emitter of greenhouse gases and could suffer dire consequences if global temperatures increase only a few degrees.”