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Iowa Climate Change Advisory Council Makes Recommendations

The Iowa Climate Change Council appointed by the governor in 2007 issued its final report just before Christmas. The report contains 56 recommendations to reduce GHGs through, among other things, energy efficiency and a cap and trade program.

If implemented the program will reportedly cost the state an estimated 4.8 billion dollars over the next decade. According to the Chicago Tribune, the price tag, along with concerns that the proposals will increase utility costs, are a stumbling block to adoption. Yet, proponents argue that, over a period of time, jobs will be created and savings will result from implementation of the recommendations.