Midwestern states agree to cut greenhouse gases

The governors of nine U.S. states and the premier of Manitoba recently agreed to take certain steps to cut greenhouse gases like carbon monoxide and to reduce dependence on foreign oil.

The governors signed the Midwestern Regional Greenhouse Gas Reduction Accord at the Midwestern Governors Association (MGA) Energy Security and Climate Change Summit, representing Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

Under the accord, MGA member states would develop a market-based and multi-sector cap-and-trade mechanism to help achieve reduction targets, which are to be established within a year in each state. Targets would be consistent with the 60 to 80 percent recommended by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. States would join The Climate Registry as a way to track, manage and credit entities that reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

For more information, go to www.midwesterngovernors.org/energysummit.htm.