Introduced Version





SENATE RESOLUTION No. ___




DIGEST OF INTRODUCED RESOLUTION


     A SENATE RESOLUTION to express the sense of the Indiana General Assembly regarding the need for the United States and the State of Indiana to address the problem of global climate change through the adoption of a fair and effective approach that safeguards American jobs and holds all countries accountable for the reduction of their individual greenhouse gas emissions.



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Introduced

First Regular Session 116th General Assembly (2009)


SENATE RESOLUTION


     MADAM PRESIDENT:

    I offer the following resolution and move its adoption:

    A SENATE RESOLUTION to express the sense of the Indiana General Assembly regarding the need for the United States and the State of Indiana to address the problem of global climate change through the adoption of a fair and effective approach that safeguards American jobs and holds all countries accountable for the reduction of their individual greenhouse gas emissions.

    Whereas, The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the National Academy of Sciences found that the continued buildup of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere adversely affects the global climate;

    Whereas, The greenhouse gas emissions of developing countries are rising more rapidly than the emissions of the United States, and have surpassed the greenhouse gas emissions of the United States and other developed countries;

    Whereas, Any system to regulate greenhouse gas emissions must adopt an international component to prevent "emissions leakage" and ensure that emissions do not simply migrate to another state or nation;



    Whereas, The only manner to quantify these emissions is through a domestic and international greenhouse gas emissions registry that is uniform, transparent, and verifiable;

    Whereas, Any system to regulate greenhouse gases must ensure that the adopted regime does not result in the off- shoring of international trade-sensitive industries;

    Whereas, Any system to regulate greenhouse gas emissions must not eliminate American jobs and diminish the ability of American industry to compete in the global marketplace;

    Whereas, Manufacturing accounts for $67.2 billion of Indiana's Gross State Product, the number one contributor to the state's economy;

    Whereas, Any system to regulate greenhouse gases must provide credit for sustainable practices like recycling and the early adoption of energy efficient technologies that are already reducing greenhouse gas emissions; and

    Whereas, Any system to regulate greenhouse gas emissions must invest in and ensure the widespread availability of sufficient, affordable energy, including clean and renewable energy: Therefore,

Be it resolved by the Senate     of the General Assembly

of the State of Indiana, the House of Representatives     concurring:


    SECTION 1. That it is the sense of the Indiana General Assembly that the United States and the State of Indiana should combat global climate change and reduce the emission of greenhouse gases in a manner structured to:
    A A.      Hold all countries accountable for the reduction of their individual contribution to global greenhouse gas emissions;


    B B.      Promote and preserve American jobs; and
    C C.      Prevent "emissions leakage."
    SECTION 2. That the Secretary of the Senate transmit a copy of this Resolution to the President of the United States, Barack Obama; the Vice-President of the United States, Joe Biden; Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels; Secretary of Energy Steven Chu; Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, Lisa Jackson; Chairman of the Council on Environmental Quality, Nancy Sutley; Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change, Carol Browner; Senator Evan Bayh, Senator Richard G. Lugar, Representative Dan Burton, Representative Steve Buyer, Representative André Carson, Representative Joe Donnelly, Representative Brad Ellsworth, Representative Baron Hill, Representative Mike Pence, Representative Mike E. Souder, and Representative Peter Visclosky.