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Last updated 4:52AM ET
December 17, 2017
KSUT Regional
KSUT Regional
Ritter Unveils Global Warming Reduction Plan
(2007-11-06)
(ksut) - HOST LEAD: Colorado must reduce greenhouse gas emissions 20-percent by the year 2020 under the state's first ever plan to curb global warming, unveiled Monday by Governor Bill Ritter.
KSUT's Victor Locke reports.

VICTOR: The governor says his plan is based on financial incentives and regulation by the state.
Cars are one of the biggest greenhouse gas contributors.
The plan requires the state to come up with clean car emission standards within two years which Ritter says may not be as restrictive as California.
RITTER: WE'RE COMMITTING TO A PROCESS. I'VE BEEN TOLD BY PEOPLE IN THE INDUSTRY CALIFORNIA HAS ABOUT SIXTY PERCENT OF THEIR VEHICLES ARE PASSENGER CARS, FORTY PERCENT ARE SUV'S OR LIGHT PICKUPS. WE ARE OPPOSITE. THAT DOESN'T MEAN WE SHOULDN'T BE AGGRESSIVE ON OUR EMISSION STANDARDS. IT MEANS WE SHOULD TAKE INPUT AND NOT JUST THINK THAT ANOTHER STATE'S DECISION TO SET THE STANDARD HAS SPECIFIC PLACES WHERE COLORADO SHOULD WIND UP.
A Colorado car dealers group warns their industry will suffer if Ritter relies on setting tougher standards for them rather than offering incentives, as his plan does for other industries.
Ritter says it's too early to discuss costs or how to fund the plan, which can be implemented by executive order.
The governor says he thinks the state can raise the greenhouse emission reduction goal to 80-percent, by 2050.
From KSUT, I'm Victor Locke.
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