Most major national environmental groups are lining up behind the Lieberman-Warner Climate Security Act, which would aim for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in order to reduce the threat of global warming.
The cap-and-trade regulation would put a price on carbon dioxide, allot credits for existing polluters, and set up a system so that those facilities whose emissions fall beneath their quotas can sell the balance to those who do not. Its goal is to reduce emissions by 70% below 2005 levels.
The three major part presidential candidates have each said they support that type of regulation as the basis for global warming legislation.
Environmental Defense, the Natural Resources Defense Council and the League of Conservation Voters have all stated support, in one way or another, for the legislation.
But Friends of Earth has criticized it as too weak.
Emission reductions could be put off til 2025, according to an analysis by the Center for American Progress, and the Environmental Protection Agency estimates that the bill would cut emissions 25% below 1990 levels by 2050. Each projection falls short of the goal supported by scientists at the United Nations, which call for a 50% cut below 1990 levels worldwide by 2050, which could require an 80-90% cut in U.S. pollution. Additionally, Friends of Earth has criticized $500 billion in subsidies and pollution credits for industry as a "giveaway." It, like Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, have said 100% of pollution credits should be auctioned.
So, now in the spirit of American political discourse, we present to you competing ads developed by Friends of Earth Action and the Environmental Defense Action Fund. One group supports the Lieberman-Warner bill and the other does not:
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