Tuesday, November 27, 2007

National Wildlife Federation Says Great Lakes Compact Can Ease Global Warming

The National Wildlife Federation has issued a report that links adoption of the pending Great Lakes Compact with efforts to mitigate climate change.

The report is here, and among leaders in the midwest, quotes George Meyer, executive director of the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation.

As this blog has reported repeatedly, Wisconsin is the only one of the eight US Great Lakes states without legislation adopted, or under consideration, to implement the Compact.

It cannot go into effect until all the eight states, and the US Congress, have approved similar versions.

The Compact is designed to establish rules and standards governing diversions of water out of the Great Lakes basin and to establish standards for new, large users of water within the basin.

Efforts to adopt the Compact, strengthen its conservation requirements and diversion prohibitions have been endorsed by a coalition of more than a dozen Wisconsin conservation, environmental and civic organizations - - but have been blocked in the Wisconsin legislature by pro-diversion Waukesha-area politicians and business interests.

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