Environment

Suggested State Legislation: Act addresses reducing statewide greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent from 1990 levels by 2050. The Act directs the state department of environmental protection to determine the baseline emissions level in 1990. The legislation also authorizes regulations creating a statewide and regional registry of greenhouse gas emissions and requires businesses and utilities which emit greenhouse gases to report those emissions to the registry.

NOW, BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED, that CSG strongly urges Congress and the Administration to act in close partnership with state governments as they establish a market-based approach to help the U.S. achieve GHG-reduction targets, while maintaining the competitiveness of U.S. manufacturing and industry in respect to foreign competition;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that CSG urges Congress to adopt policies that involve all sectors of the economy and all sources of GHG.

 

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Council of State Governments calls on Congress to pass a federal authorization bill that provides short term funding stability, long term vision, strong federal funding and maximum flexibility to states in meeting transportation and infrastructure needs.

Suggested State Legislation: This Act creates a system to map incidences of cancer and “environmental facilities” throughout the state.

Renewable Portfolio Standards have the potential to offset greenhouse gas emissions, diversify a state's electricity supply, and stimulate the green economy.  As a result many states are adopting and accelerating RPS policies.

BE IT THEREFORE NOW RESOLVED, that The Council of State Governments calls upon the United States Congress, United States Army Corps of Engineers and United States Bureau of Reclamation to form partnerships with the states to extend the productive lives of reservoirs.

Suggested State Legislation: Texas established a Low-Income Vehicle Repair Assistance, Retrofit, and Accelerated Vehicle Retirement Program (LIRAP) in 2001 to provide incentives to repair or replace vehicles in areas that don’t meet federal air quality standards. LIRAP is tied to mandatory motor vehicle inspection, maintenance and emissions testing throughout the state.

Suggested State Legislation: This Act establishes a program to provide grants to farmers, loggers, and others who provide agricultural biomass to facilities in the state that generate electric energy and use the best available emissions control technology.

Suggested State Legislation: This Act is based upon Connecticut law enacting model legislation by The Council of State Governments/Eastern Regional Conference (CSG/ERC) and the Northeast Recycling Council, Inc. (NERC). In February 2005, CSG/ERC and NERC launched a collaborative project to develop a coordinated legislative approach to end-of-life electronics management in the Northeast.

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Daily, there are millions of tons of municipal solid waste deposited into thousands of landfills and other dumping sites, worldwide. The decomposition of organic material in these places—typically food and paper products—results in the production of methane and other greenhouse gases. Landfill gas (LFG) typically is made up of 50 percent methane (CH4) and 50 percent carbon dioxide (CO2), with small amounts of non-methane organic compounds often present. The methane in LFG is what can be burned off or used as an alternative fuel. Due to methane’s ability to trap heat, it warms the earth 23 times more than carbon dioxide and has an atmospheric lifespan of about 12 years, one much shorter than that of other greenhouse gases. Short lifespan, along with its high heat-trapping potential, make methane elimination from the atmosphere a particularly effective method of combating global warming. Many experts contend that LFG recovery projects that use methane for fuel have become effective tools for combating the effects of global climate change.

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