Floridas climate standards‏!

A response that I received from Sen. Nelson (Fl) in the regards to the issuse of global warming and environmental aid campaigns in which I think that on a level of personal response we all should become familiar in the dealings of.

Emissions threats, energy concerns, erosion, as well as international affairs are all impacts that are tangled in this concern. On a state level, we are easy targets of proposals and considerations as well as threats as to why we are suffering and still not making progress as to the personal responses towards this issue as a whole as well as the dealings and impacts of a now, anticapated, legislative resolve.

Dear Mr. Shaw:
Thank you for writing to me about global warming. The U.S. needs an energy policy that protects the environment, alleviates high energy prices, and reduces our dependency on foreign oil.

Global warming threatens Florida’s fragile ecosystem and $65 billion tourism industry. Rising sea levels will encroach on Florida’s pristine beaches and harm coastal wetlands and the Everglades. Increased carbon dioxide and water temperatures will damage sensitive coral reefs and endanger Florida’s diverse marine species. A recent scientific study by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change concluded with 90 percent certainty that global warming is caused by the accumulation of man-made greenhouse gasses.

I am a cosponsor of several important bills that address these issues. The Climate Stewardship and Innovation Act (CSIA) is a bipartisan bill that would cap the greenhouse gas emissions of the electric power, industrial, transportation, and commercial sectors of the economy at year 2004 levels by 2012. By gradually lowering this cap and creating financial incentives to develop clean-burning energy, we can lower emissions and forestall catastrophic global warming.
The Dependence Reduction through Innovation in Vehicles and Energy (DRIVE) Act would dramatically reduce our use of fossil fuels by increasing the availability of alternative transportation fuels, providing incentives for the purchase of hybrid and flexible-fuel vehicles, and spurring development for next-generation fuels and hybrid cars. The Ten-in-Ten Fuel Economy Act would increase fuel economy standards by ten miles per gallon in ten years.
I voted for the comprehensive CLEAN Energy Act the Senate passed in June. The act will help reduce our dependence on foreign oil by requiring annual use of 36 billion gallons of alternative fuels like ethanol by 2022, mandating the Federal government adopt “green” building standards, and increasing fuel economy standards for automobiles and light trucks to 35 miles per gallon by the year 2020. Several of the provisions of the DRIVE Act were also included in this bill.

Many States, including Florida, are now seeking to implement vehicle emissions standards that surpass those set by the Federal government to help forestall the harmful effects of global warming. The Clean Air Act allows California to develop vehicle emission standards that are more stringent than existing Federal standards; then other States can adopt California’s new rules. Before that can happen, however, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) must approve California’s new vehicle emission standards. I recently introduced S. 1785, which would force EPA officials to act on the long-delayed decision on California’s first-in-the-nation standards.

I will continue to work in the Senate to fight the effects of global warming. Please do not hesitate to contact me in the future about this or other important matters. Blog Action Day!

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