NCPA - National Center for Policy Analysis


March 11, 2005

Connecticut's Department of Environmental Protection is recommending drastic actions the state should implement in order to combat global warming. However, they will cost tons and do nothing to reduce global warming, say observers.

Newly appointed environmental commissioner Gina McCarthy recommended 55 measures to the state's General Assembly, among them:

  • Reducing vehicle emissions with targets and measures similar to California's laws.
  • Reducing greenhouse gases to 1990 levels by the year 2010, and 10 percent below that by 2020.
  • Increasing recycling practices to cover 40 percent of refuse.
  • Implementing anti-growth and anti-auto measures using smart growth communities, mass transit initiatives and other measures to reduce vehicle miles traveled.

The plan is problematic for good reasons, say observers. First, costs are not mentioned in the recommendations, but such measures will undoubtedly take a toll on income and jobs, and many businesses will be certain to leave the state.

Second, the impact of one state reducing greenhouse gases through Kyoto-style initiatives will be negligible to none. In fact, all of the United States would not have an impact on reducing greenhouse gases, much less one state.

Furthermore, the Kyoto protocol exempts two large greenhouse gas producers, China and India, who are expected to emit five times the emissions Kyoto aims to reduce over the next 10 years.

Source: GN Sirkin, "Connecticut Controls the Climate?" Science & Environmental Policy Project, February 12, 2005.


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