In his 2004 State of the State Message, West Virginia Governor Bob Wise announced his intention to establish a state requirement for reporting of greenhouse gases. In the address, delivered January 14, 2004, Governor Wise said, "We can no longer bury our head in the sand on the issue of greenhouse gases. To protect the vitality of West Virginia's energy-based economy, we must continue to take a leadership role on climate change issues. We are taking the first step to understand the effects of greenhouse gases by introducing legislation to require facilities to register their emissions of greenhouse gases." The proposed legislation would grant the state's Department of Environmental Protection the authority to develop reporting requirements.