The heat is on: Vermont aims to cool the impact of global warming

The heat is on: Vermont aims to cool the impact of global warming

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The Douglas administration has signed on to an aggressive regional plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions, but some environmentalists say it may be too little, too late.

The regional initiative — embraced by nine states and several Eastern Canadian provinces — would reduce total greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent by 2012; 50 percent by 2028; and a minimum of 75 percent by 2050.

Gov. Jim Douglas announced his support of the measures Dec. 5 at a UN Climate Change Conference in Montreal, where the Bush administration made a stir by continuing to claim that a voluntary approach was better than the mandated reductions spelled out in the Kyoto Treaty.

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