Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Britain sets emissions standards

Reuters reports, "Britain proposes legal limits on carbon emissions".

Here's an excerpt from that article:

Britain on Tuesday became the first country to propose legislation setting binding limits on greenhouse gas emissions as it stepped up its campaign for a new global warming pact to succeed the Kyoto Protocol.

In its draft Climate Change Bill, the government said carbon dioxide emissions had to be cut by at least 60 percent by 2050, set out five-year carbon budgets to reach the target and created an independent monitoring committee to check annual progress.

Personally I'm not a proponent of government-mandated goals and restrictions, preferring instead the infinitely more dependable solutions provided by freely thinking companies and individuals, but we'll see how it works out for them.

It should be noted however, that even if industrial pollution and emissions are not directly responsible for global climate change, we should have recognized their harmful effects on our environment and our health long ago.

I'm done spouting my two cents, go ahead and read the article.