Group Wants Next President to Attack Climate Change

Group Wants Next President to Attack Climate Change

Raising vehicle fuel economy rates to 50 miles per gallon by 2020. Slashing greenhouse has emissions by 90 percent by 2050. Eliminating virtually all oil imports by mid-century.

These recommendations are part of a sweeping and ambitious plan a group of climate experts will deliver to the next U.S. president in the hope that he or she will begin implementing the measures during the first 100 days of office.

The plan's unveiling comes as 180 countries meet in Bali, Indonesia, in an attempt to hammer out a post-Kyoto climate change treaty.

The Presidential Climate Action Project, led by the University of Colorado, filled the Presidential Climate Action Plan, or PCAP, with more than 300 recommendations ranging from weatherizing the homes of low-income families to rewarding states and localities that take strides in reducing carbon and energy with billions.

"This is a nonpartisan project and a nonpartisan plan," said retired U.S. Sen. Gary Hart, co-chair of the PCAP National Advisory Committee. "Climate change is an economic issue, a national security issue, a public health issue and an environmental issue. It should not be a political issue."

The group has offered to brief each presidential candidate on the plan, which will be updated during the next several months before a final version is released in September of 2008.

The University of Colorado also will prepare a legal analysis of moves the next president can take without further Congressional approval.