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FROM VOLUME 2, NUMBER 4, APRIL 1989
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL LEGISLATION
Over a dozen bills dealing with
global warming and ozone depletion have been introduced in the 101st Congress
since late January 1989. Senator Timothy Wirth (Democrat, Colorado) introduced
S. 324, essentially unchanged from last year, establishing a comprehensive
national energy policy to reduce greenhouse warming. (See Global Climate
Change Digest, NEWS, Nov. 1989.) It seeks a 20 percent reduction in carbon
dioxide emissions by the year 2000, and includes a wide range of provisions for
energy-related research and development and domestic and international policy
initiatives. Senator Albert Gore (Democrat, Tennessee) introduced new greenhouse
legislation (S. 201) which he described as complementary to Wirth's. In the
House, Representative Claudine Schneider (Republican, Rhode Island) reintroduced
a bill from last year as H.R. 1078. It has many features in common with the
Wirth legislation, but differs in relying more on government regulation than
market-based incentives and voluntary programs.
Another bill from last year concerning global climate research was
introduced by Senator Earnest Hollings (Democrat, South Carolina) which
reappeared as S. 169. (See Global Climate Change Digest, NEWS, Oct.
1989.) Intended to set up a 10-year, interagency research and assessment
program, it progressed through committee late in the last Congress but never
reached the floor for discussion. An alternate 10-year research and assessment
plan would be established by new legislation (S. 251) introduced by Senator
Daniel Moynihan (Democrat, New York). That program would differ by being
organized similar to the present National Acid Precipitation Assessment Program.
"U.S. Congress Plans Greenhouse Legislation," D. Swinbanks, Nature,
p. 3, Mar. 2, 1989. Discusses the Wirth, Gore and Schneider bills, and related
"Senate Hits Ground Running With Climate Change Bills," "Schneider
Plans `Least-Cost' Bill..." Greenhouse Effect Rep., 13-15, Feb.
"Global Warming Bill Returns...," Air/Water Pollut. Rep.,
p. 67, Feb. 27. More on the Schneider bill.
"Congress Tackles Human-Induced Climate Change," Eos, 97,
105, Feb. 14. Discusses the Wirth and Gore bills and their support for global
"Senators Gearing Up for Action on Greenhouse; House Less Eager,"
Air/Water Pollut. Rep., p. 44, Feb. 6.
"Senate Proposal Aims at Global Warming..." Intl. Environ.
Rptr., p. 73, Feb. or Environ. Rptr. Curr. Devel., p. 2061, Feb. 3.
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