Greenhouse gas registry proposed

The Environmental Protection Agency would create and maintain a greenhouse gas emissions registry under legislation in the Senate.


The Lieberman-Warner Climate Security Act of 2008 would require EPA to create a federal greenhouse gas registry, drawing from sources including an existing climate registry jointly established and managed by more than 40 States and Indian tribes to collect emission data from facilities, corporations,and other organizations.


The bill would require EPA to develop an electronic format for reporting the data and to publish the registry data. EPA would also have to develop consistent methods for calculating the carbon content and greenhouse gas emissions of each type of fossil fuel and calculate those figures based on the data reported by covered facilities. 


Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) inroduced the bill in May. The Senate debated the measure June 6. but has not voted on it.

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Technology journalist Michael Hardy is a former FCW editor.

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