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Sunday, March 13, 2011

UK introduced greenhouse gas emissions legislation
Dwyer Arce at 12:00 AM ET

On March 13, 2007, the UK government introduced draft legislation environmental that would have controlled greenhouse gas emissions until the year 2050. Outlined in the Queen's Speech, the bill focused on four items: cutting CO2 emissions by 60 percent by 2050, improving CO2 monitoring and reporting, creating new governmental powers to ensure success, and creating a committee to oversee the implementation of new measures. UK Prime Minister Tony Blair said that he hoped this will encourage other countries, including the US, to adopt similar changes, saying that "This is a revolutionary step in confronting the threat of climate change...It sets an example to the rest of the world."

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