Statement: EPA's Proposed National Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rule

-On the occasion of the EPA’s announcement of a proposed rule for a federal greenhouse gas registry-

Statement of Eileen Claussen
President, Pew Center on Global Climate Change

March 10, 2009

Today, the EPA demonstrated its leadership and commitment to take strong, swift action on climate change.  A greenhouse gas (GHG) registry provides the foundation for building a successful and transparent federal program to reduce emissions and protect the climate.

Congress and the Obama Administration have made clear their intentions to push forward with robust action to address climate change. A critical step to successfully reducing U.S. GHG emissions is to have accurate measurements, consistent reporting, and a publicly available database of our emissions. Just as the European Union learned in the trial period of its emissions trading system, accurate and comprehensive emissions accounting is key to the successful start-up of a cap-and-trade program. A well-designed national GHG registry will ensure comprehensive emissions reporting and put the U.S. on the right path toward an effective climate policy. 

Read more about the EPA’s proposed rule for a federal GHG registry.