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A Blueprint for Action: Policy Options to Reduce New Mexico's Contribution to Global Warming

Global warming, caused by human induced changes to the climate, is a major threat to Arizona’s future. A Blueprint for Action documents how New Mexico could make major strides toward reducing emissions of global warming gases over the next several decades by adopting a series of policy strategies to improve energy efficiency and reduce the use of fossil fuels.

(March 2006)
State Clean Cars Programs: An Effective Way to Slash Global Warming Pollution

While the Bush administration and federal policymakers continue to resist efforts to reduce global warming pollution, many states are taking dramatic, effective actions to address the threat—including the adoption of the “Clean Cars Program” which sets limits on global warming pollution from cars, light trucks and SUVs. The 10 states that have adopted the Clean Cars Program will cut global warming pollution from cars, light trucks and SUVs by 64 million metric tons per year in 2020, while saving consumers money and reducing the nation’s reliance on oil

(February 2006)
Cars and Global Warming: Policy Options to Reduce Arizona's Global Warming Pollution from Cars and Light Trucks

Cars and light trucks produce more than 20 percent of Arizona’s global warming pollution. Cars and Global Warming explains how Arizona could reduce global warming emissions from passenger vehicles by adopting California’s clean car standards. By requiring advanced-technology vehicles—including hybrid-electric and eventually hydrogen vehicles—and establishing global warming pollution standards, the clean cars program could begin to reduce Arizona’s contribution to global warming.

(February 2006)

Air pollution takes a significant toll on human health in North Carolina every year, shortening thousands of lives and sending thousands of people to area hospitals. Air Pollution and Public Health in North Carolina estimates the number of premature deaths, hospital admissions, asthma attacks, missed work days and other health consequences of air pollution in the state, recommending a series of steps toward cleaner air.

(February 2006)
On the Road to Energy Independence: Controlling New Jersey's Runaway Energy Demand Through Energy Efficiency

Consumption of electricity and natural gas is projected to rise significantly in New Jersey in coming years, costing consumers money and resulting in increased pollution. On the Road to Energy Independence explains how energy efficiency measures such as improved building codes, additional appliance efficiency standards and expanded energy efficiency programs could reduce energy consumption in New Jersey at a net financial gain to consumers.

(January 2006)