Renewables, fuel cells, hydrogen, and efficiency
Monday, December 19, 2005
States Taking Action on Global Warming:
With the federal governement inactive, states taking many actions.
- Cap-and-trade: New York, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont,
Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey and Delaware --
plus Maryland, Pennsylvania, the District of Columbia, and the Eastern
Canadian Provinces as observers -- have agreed to create a nine state
cap-and-trade system for greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs), starting with
the electric power sector.
- Renewable power: "Seventeen states have legislated that part of their
electricity be generated by non-emitting renewable energy." 8 are
small amounts, but 6 are over 15%.
- Vehicles: Following California's lead, Connecticut, New
Jersey, New York, Maine, Massachusetts, Vermont, Rhode Island,
Washington, Oregon, and Pennsylvania have adopted or are considering
adoption of California's vehicle emissions standards. In November
2004, Canadian NGOs, provincial governments and parliament announced
their intention to adopt the California standard by 2006. If
California, Oregon, Washington, the Northeast states and Canada were to
adopt the California standards, around 40% of the US-Canada new car
market would be subject to these standards.