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Midwest States and Manitoba Sign Agreements to Reduce Greenhouse Gases, Promote Energy Efficiency and Renewables

November 15, 2007

Nine governors of Midwestern states and the premier of the Canadian province of Manitoba have signed the Midwestern Regional Greenhouse Gas Reduction Accord. The agreement encompasses a regional strategy to achieve energy security and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In addition, 11 Midwestern states have adopted an Energy Security and Climate Stewardship Platform that establishes other goals for the region to promote timelines for energy efficiency, biobased products, renewable sources for electricity, and carbon capture and storage.

The accord includes plans to:

The agreement was signed at the MGA Energy Security and Climate Change Summit in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Those who signed included Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle, Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels, Iowa Governor Chester Culver, Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm, Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius, Ohio Governor Ted Strickland, South Dakota Governor Michael Rounds, and Manitoba Premier Gary Doer.

"Today's agreement is an important milestone toward achieving a cleaner, more secure energy future," Pawlenty said. "The Midwest is well positioned to help lead the energy revolution that our nation needs to stay competitive and strong. Working together, states can build a de facto national energy policy that will create good jobs and build a cleaner and safer world."

Within the next year, governors and other participating leaders will establish the targets for greenhouse gas emission reductions and complete development of proposed cap-and-trade system. Targets will be consistent with the 60 to 80 percent recommended by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The accord is expected to be fully implemented by mid-2010.

As part of the summit, the Midwestern states, including Nebraska and North Dakota, adopted the Energy Security and Climate Stewardship Platform for the Midwest. The platform establishes shared goals for the Midwest region, including specific timelines for advancing energy efficiency, promoting biobased products, producing renewable electricity, and developing carbon capture and storage.

To support these goals, the group launched regional initiatives to address:

The Midwestern Greenhouse Gas Reduction Accord builds on greenhouse gas reduction efforts in each state and three regional efforts. In 2003, California, Oregon, and Washington created the West Coast Global Warming Initiative; in 2006, Arizona and New Mexico launched the Southwest Climate Change Initiative; and in February of 2007, Arizona, California, New Mexico, Oregon, and Washington launched the Western Regional Climate Action Initiative.

For more information, see the Midwestern Greenhouse Gas Accord (PDF 281 KB) and the Energy Security and Climate Stewardship Platform for the Midwest (PDF 2.1 MB). Download Adobe Reader.

Source: November 15 news release on ECM Publishers HometownSource.com

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