Assemblyman Joe Nation proposes 'Cool the Planet'
By James Lanaras, Bay City News Service
May 21, 2006
Assemblyman Joe Nation, D-Sonoma-Marin, unveiled a "Cool
the Planet'' plan Thursday that is designed to reduce greenhouse
gas emissions 50 percent by 2020.
The plan also expands the use of alternative fuel vehicles to
100 percent of all new vehicles and expands the use of renewable
energy by 2020.
"Global warming is the most important challenge of our time,
by far surpassing the importance of any other issue. It is imperative
that we move aggressively and quickly to reduce greenhouse gas
emissions,'' Nation said.
Nation is running for the 6th District seat in Congress against
Rep. Lynn Woolsey in the June 6 primary election. Nation said
he plans to call for a "cap and trade'' system to reduce
greenhouse gases from stationary sources; aggressive development
of alternative fuels for vehicles through foreign oil independence
legislation; and a nickel-per-gallon gas tax for five years to
fund research and development and provide rebates to consumers
who buy fuel efficient vehicles.
Nation said in the short term, the country must develop fuels
like "yellow'' ethanol to end dependence on foreign oil.
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