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On Wednesday, February 8, the Pew Center on Global Climate Change released the first comprehensive plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. The "Agenda for Climate Action" identifies both broad and specific policies, combining recommendations on economy-wide mandatory emissions cuts, technology development, scientific research, energy supply, and adaptation with critical steps that can be taken in key sectors.
The "Agenda" includes fifteen recommendations that chart a climate-friendly path for the United States. They have been designed to be both cost-effective and comprehensive. Although putting all of the recommendations into place will take time, there is a compelling need to get started. Further delay will only make the challenge before us more daunting and more costly.
Why do we need to act now? View a chart of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions , 1990-2004.
In a major address before the UN Security Council on February 6, 2006, Senator Richard G. Lugar (R-Indiana), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, called for the United States to return to negotiations under the Framework Convention on Climate Change to achieve a comprehensive international approach to global warming. He said a "roadmap to this outcome" is contained in the recent report of the Climate Dialogue at Pocantico convened by the Pew Center on Global Climate Change.
Read Senator Lugar's remarks .
Read the report  of the Climate Dialogue at Pocantico.
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