Kyoto Protocol Response (Alabama)
Last modified on February 12, 2015.
|Applies to States or Provinces||Alabama|
|Name||Kyoto Protocol Response (Alabama)|
|Policy Category||Other Policy|
|Policy Type||Climate Policies, Environmental Regulations|
|Affected Technologies||Biomass/Biogas, Coal with CCS, Natural Gas|
|Program Administrator||Alabama Department of Environmental Management|
|Primary Website||Chapter 28A: http://alisondb.legislature.state.al.us/acas/codeofalabama/1975/125823.htm|
Effective immediately, the Director of the Alabama Department of Environmental Management shall refrain from proposing or promulgating any new regulations intended in whole or in part to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases, as such gases are defined by the Kyoto Protocol, from the residential, commercial, industrial, electric utility, or transportation sectors unless such reductions are required under existing statutes. In the absence of a resolution or other act of the Legislature of the State of Alabama approving same, the Director of the Alabama Department of Environmental Management shall not submit to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency or to any other agency of the federal government any legally enforceable commitments related to the reduction of greenhouse gases, as such gases are defined by the Kyoto Protocol unless such reductions are required under existing statutes.
Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to limit or to impede state or private participation in any on-going voluntary initiatives to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases, including, but not limited to, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Green Lights program, the U.S. Department of Energy's Climate Challenge program, and similar state and federal initiatives relying on voluntary participation. This chapter shall remain in effect until repealed by an act of the Legislature of Alabama, or until ratification of the Kyoto Protocol by the United States Senate and enactment of federal legislation implementing the Kyoto Protocol.