COPENHAGEN (WRN) - Governor Jim Doyle says the U.S. should pass a cap and trade system to reduce industrial emissions – even if worldwide negotiators in Denmark cannot reach an agreement on climate control. Doyle made the remark yesterday at a teleconference in Copenhagen, where he’s attending the U.N. climate control summit. He’s been attending a series of meetings where state and Canadian leaders are spelling out their ideas to reduce carbon emissions and create more renewable energy. Doyle also renewed his pitch to let Wisconsin be phased into national emission limits. He says coal consuming states like ours will need 15 years to meet federal standards without penalties. The House has passed a bill that would reduce carbon emissions by 17 percent by 2020, and over 80 percent by 2050. It would set a total cap on industrial emissions and let industries trade pollution credits with each other, according to their needs. The federal EPA says it would penalize Midwest utilities more than others, because of their reliance on coal. Zach Hill of Alliant Energy says he welcomes Doyle’s call for a phase-in, but he wants to hear more details. Doyle also said Wisconsin should get credit for the way it sustains and manages its forests.
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