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U.S. Must Face Carbon Problem

Bipartisan, 4-Pollutant Bills Are Step Forward To Address Global Warming

Washington, DC - World Wildlife Fund welcomes the announcement today of bipartisan legislation to clean-up America's power plants and address the growing threat of global warming by taking a first step toward tackling our carbon pollution.

"The United States must act to reduce the carbon pollution that causes global warming," said Katherine Silverthorne of World Wildlife Fund's Climate Change Campaign. "Global warming is real, the impacts are clear, and the solutions to address it are at hand. These bills are a strong first step to curbing the carbon emissions that cause global warming and threaten wildlife."

Today, Senators James Jeffords (R-VT), Joseph Lieberman (D-CT), Susan Collins (R-ME), Charles Schumer (D-NY), and Representatives Henry Waxman (D-CA) and Sherwood Boehlert (R-NY) will introduce the "Clean Power Act of 2001" and the "Clean Smokestacks Act of 2001." These bills will regulate the four major pollutants from power plants including carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, and mercury.

"At the beginning of the week, President Bush reversed his position that carbon pollution should be regulated in the power sector. Today, Congress has taken over the leadership of this important action that will begin to address the most pressing environmental problem we face -- global warming," added Silverthorne.

As Congress debates this legislation, the world is preparing for up-coming negotiations over the Kyoto Protocol, the climate treaty that requires the reduction of greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide in an effort to curb global warming. World Wildlife Fund believes that both the four-pollutant approach and the Kyoto Protocol will not only take major steps to save wildlife habitats threatened by the warming climate, but provide companies with certainty about the regulatory outlook for carbon in the coming decade. With no guidance on how the U.S. will reduce carbon emissions, nor international rules, companies will not be able to make informed investment decisions.