Tuesday, November 13, 2007

U.S. Midwest governors to form climate pact

Local papers again are the place to go for global warming coverage.

Tom Content reports for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Frustrated by inaction in Congress on global warming, Midwest governors will convene in Milwaukee next week to craft a regionwide strategy to curb greenhouse gas emissions and boost renewable energy.
Those dates are November 14th and 15th.
More from this just-the-facts article:
The summit agenda calls for the signing of a "Midwestern Energy Security and Climate Stewardship Platform." [Wisconsin Governor] Doyle currently serves as chairman of the 12-state governors association.
The plan is expected to follow regional plans created by six states on the West Coast and 10 northeastern and mid-Atlantic states to reduce emissions linked to global warming.
"These governors will be gathering in Milwaukee next week and will be getting together to sign historic agreements that will increase the production and use of renewable energy, promote energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gases," [Doyle's spokesman Matt] Canter said.

An exercise for the reader: if enough U.S. regions get together and form cap-and-trade type systems, is this the same as if the U.S. had agreed to Kyoto as a nation? Better? Worse?

2 comments:

John Mashey said...

Can you give us any more insight into views in the mid-West?

In particular, are the state PUCs restructuring their rules to encourage their utilities for efficiency, as opposed to just generating more electricity? I heard the CEO of PG&E (California's largest utility, which works very hard on this, because that's the way the rules are here. They've bene giving away CFLs, for example.

But, he is quite clear: utilities will do what they're incented to do.

Rob said...

They're not giving away CFL's but are making them available at a discount at area stores. I think Exelon has sold all their coal-fired planes and only has nukes (which supply most of Chicago's electricity). But Illinois has 1/4 of the nation's coal King Coal is still big in Illinois. I would put the midwest third behind the west and northeast.