Wis. gov calls for cap-and-trade plan at summit

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Posted: Dec 17, 2009 11:20 AM

Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle says Congress should pass a cap-and-trade system to reduce pollution in the U.S. even if the U.N. climate summit does not lead to a breakthrough international agreement.

Doyle said any U.S. system needs to give states like Wisconsin that have had high levels of coal use time to comply, perhaps as much as 15 years.

But the governor said it would be a mistake for the state to resist moving away from fossil fuels and transferring to cleaner sources of energy. He said doing so would risk losing an opportunity to build a new economy around green jobs and put Wisconsin at an economic disadvantage with the world.

Doyle spoke with reporters Wednesday from Denmark, where he is attending the U.N. summit in Copenhagen this week.