Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Quebec Eyes Cap-Trade System To Cut Emissions

Montreal police officers look up at a giant globe representing the volume of one tonne of greenhouse gases during the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Montreal in November, 2005. The Quebec government is to table a bill Tuesday to implement a cap-and-trade system to reduce carbon emission. If adopted, the law could be used as a template for the rest of Canada and the United States, Quebec's environment minister says. Photograph by: Christinne Muschi , REUTERS

From The Montreal Gazette:

Bill to be tabled today; Designed to reduce greenhouse gases, regime could be in operation by 2012

The provincial government is to table a bill today that would make Quebec the first jurisdiction in North America to enforce a cap-and-trade system to reduce carbon emissions.

If adopted into law, the proposals could become the template used by the rest of Canada and even the United States, environmental experts said.

Line Beauchamp, Quebec's minister of sustainable development, environment and parks, said yesterday the Liberal government would introduce a bill to give the government the power to institute a cap-and-trade system with co-operating provinces and states as early as 2012.

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