U.S. BILL TO TACKLE GLOBAL WARMING
Although environmental activists in the U.S. Congress are somewhat disappointed following the passing of a watered-down Clean Energy Bill in the House this month, they are hopeful that a third bill combining provisions from a bill passed earlier in the year by the Senate with the former will become the first real legislation tackling global warming in the U.S. The hope is that the new bill, which is being conferred by the House and Senate, will combine all of the strong provisions from the earlier bills in order to cut global warming gas emissions by 80% in the next 43 years. The House bill requires most utilities (not all) to produce 15% of their electricity from renewable sources like wind, solar and methane power, allots funds to develop alternative fuels and energy efficient appliances, greens up governmental buildings and outlaws the sale of 100-Watt incandescent light bulbs by 2012. The older bill contains key provisions to raise the standards against car emissions.