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Villarreal Proposes Carbon Impact Statement for All Bills

Thursday, February 19, 2009

 "Carbon Note" to Analyze Climate Change Impact of Legislation

Austin - Today Rep. Mike Villarreal filed legislation to require the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) and Legislative Budget Board (LBB) to produce a carbon emission impact statement for all bills filed in the Texas Legislature. The bill, HB 1469, would ensure that legislators consider potential increases or decreases in carbon emissions when voting on legislation.  The "Carbon Note" would be similar to the Fiscal Note that is currently included with all legislation for the purpose of determining the fiscal cost to the state and other governmental entities.
"Government has a responsibility to lead the way in our efforts to clean up our air," stated Rep. Villarreal. "Before casting a vote on any legislation, we should be fully informed about the positive of negative impact for our environment."
Carbon emissions are a leading contributor to climate change.  Texas currently produces more carbon emissions than any other state in the nation. Only seven countries in the world emit more carbon than Texas.
"Whether we're voting on light-rail legislation that would reduce our carbon footprint, or coal plant bills that would increase it, a Carbon Note will help us make better policy decisions," asserted Rep. Villarreal. "We need to know when we're shrinking our carbon footprint and when we're growing it."