Governor Announces Climate Control Commission

Governor Tim Kaine is reaching out to an agriculture leader in the Valley to help deal with global warming by way of a commission on climate change with a goal is to reduce greenhouse gases.

The commission is hoping to find a way to bring greenhouse gas emissions back down to a safe level within the next 18 years, which some on the commission's members say is an ambitious goal.

Dale Gardner is the executive director of the Virginia State Dairymen's Association. He has recently been asked to join the commission on climate change, and says he already sees challenges.

"Understanding exactly what our contribution to climate change, and trying to separate some of the facts from some of the fiction out there," says Gardner.

By establishing this commission, Kaine is fulfilling one of the recommendations of the Virginia Energy Plan that was completed in September. One of the energy plan goals is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent by the year 2025.

Gardner says he hopes the commission can reach their goals without affecting the economy.

He says, "As far as some sort of mandate, I'm not sure at this point. We hope there won't be any additional taxes added because of all this."

While the commission evaluates the expected impact of climate change on Virginia's citizens, and looks for strategies to meet their emission goals, Gardner says Virginia residents can do their parts very simply.

"I think the first of the simplest: low hanging fruit will be the conservation practices that all of us can implement in our homes. The light bulbs and and that sort of thing," says Gerdner.

Another plan of action for the commission is to find out who is contributing and how much they add to Virginia's gas emissions.


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