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Introduced Version - Originating in Committee Senate Concurrent Resolution 64 History

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SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 64

(By Senators Deem, Green, D. Facemire, Guills, Kessler, Minard, Stollings, Sypolt, Williams and Yost)

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[Originating in the Committee on Energy, Industry and Mining; reported April 7, 2009.]


Requesting the Joint Committee on Government and Finance study the public policy issues involved in the possible development and implementation of carbon dioxide cap and trade proposals within the State of West Virginia.

Whereas, The production of increased amounts of carbon dioxide are alleged to be a threat to the health of the citizens of this state, this country and the world by causing an increase or growth in "greenhouse gas" in the form of carbon dioxide pollutant; and
Whereas, It is alleged that, to some extent, the increase or growth in carbon dioxide is caused by the burning of fossil fuels which include coal mined and produced in West Virginia; and
Whereas, It is in the interest of the citizens of this state that there be maintenance of a healthy environment and protection of life-sustaining ecological processes, based upon thorough knowledge as to how coal may be mined in this state and utilized in a manner that is in harmony with essential ecological processes and human health; and
Whereas, There appears to be growing interest in this country and elsewhere in the world to develop cap and trade systems that involve the trading of emission allowances, where the total allowance is strictly limited or "capped" considerably lower than the historic level of emissions, and where a market mechanism is established that allows emitters to buy emissions from or sell emissions to other emitters; therefore, be it
Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance is hereby requested to study the public policy issues involved in the possible development and implementation of carbon dioxide cap and trade proposals within the State of West Virginia; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance may seek input and information from experts and other resources appropriate to this study; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance report to the regular session of the Legislature, 2010, on its findings, conclusions and recommendations, together with drafts of any legislation necessary to effectuate its recommendations; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the expenses necessary to conduct this study, to prepare a report and to draft necessary legislation be paid from legislative appropriations to the Joint Committee on Government and Finance.
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