Obama gets a wish list from green groups

November 15, 2008 at 3:45 am | Posted in Climate and politics | Leave a comment
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More than 30 leading environmental groups endorsed a set of recommendations on climate and energy policy delivered to President-elect Barack Obama’s transition team in the days after the election.

The groups involved include the Environmental Defense Fund, the League of Conservation Voters, the National Audubon Society, and the National Wildlife Federation, among others.

According to the groups, the policy changes proposed are necessary to stem increases in the earth’s average surface temperature to 2 degrees Fahrenheit, a threshold that many scientists think it would be dangerous to cross.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has said that temperatures can likely be held below a 2-degree rise if developed countries cut their emissions by 25 percent to 40 percent from 1990 levels by 2020, and by 80 percent by 2050.

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