A new United Nations report warns that progress toward prosperity in the world’s poorest regions will be reversed unless rich countries promptly begin curbing emissions linked to global warming while also helping poorer ones leapfrog to energy sources that pollute less than coal and oil.
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Recommendations of a special panel’s two-year effort to figure out ways to cut state energy consumption and thus do Montana’s part in reducing the emission of greenhouse gases were proudly unveiled by Gov. Brian Schweitzer last week.
The report discussed 54 specific ideas ranging from requiring utilities to include more renewable energy sources to increasing the production of crops that can be converted to biodiesel fuels. But the bottom line, at least for state government and the university system, was to cut energy use by 20 percent by 2010. The plan, said Schweitzer, is for the state to lead by example.
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The Environmental Protection Agency has not decided whether to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants alongside the car and truck emissions it will limit, the agency’s top official said Thursday.
The EPA came under fire from congressional Democrats for moving too slowly in the wake of a Supreme Court ruling in April that carbon dioxide does qualify as a pollutant.
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