|A wind farm in the North Sea|
The Conservation Law Foundation today listed five steps New England should take within five years to cut greenhouse gas emissions and curb global warming. The full study can be found at www.newenglandclimatesolutions.org, but here are the five points:
1. Expand public transit opportunities and give people the opportunity to drive less by spending at least 75 percent of transportation funds in the region on public transit and compact, transit-oriented development.
2. Invest at least $1 billion in new energy efficiency and conservation measures for our homes and businesses.
3. Build 2,000 megawatts of new wind power.
4. Shut down at least two of the regionís coal-fired power plants or convert them to cleaner, low-carbon fuels.
5. Enact legislation in every New England state that mandates reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and requires review of climate impacts in state permitting and infrastructure decisions.
Readers, do you agree? Did you catch related comments by Ian Bowles, the state's secretary for energy and the environment, earlier today?Have your say in our comments section below.
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