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 1                       SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION
 2        WHEREAS,   It   is   projected   that   carbon    dioxide
 3    concentrations  in  the atmosphere may double during the 21st
 4    century and that this increase could lead to rapid change  in
 5    the world's climate; and
 6        WHEREAS,  Any  global  climate  change  could represent a
 7    major environmental issue in the State  because  that  change
 8    could severely impact our natural systems, particularly water
 9    resources,  as  well  as all sectors of the Illinois economy;
10    and
11        WHEREAS, Illinois, as a significant emitter of greenhouse
12    gases, has a major stake in national  policy  and  regulation
13    regarding  these  trace  gases  and  must  act to assure that
14    equitable and appropriate policies are established; and
15        WHEREAS, Illinois needs to develop greater  understanding
16    of  the  environmental,  economic, and social implications of
17    climate  change,  ways  to  adapt  to  climate  change,   and
18    preventive measures; and
19        WHEREAS,  Global  climate  change  and  energy policy are
20    inseparable issues, and the long-term nature of the situation
21    provides an opportunity for Illinois industry to develop  and
22    produce  new  technologies  to reduce trace gas emissions, to
23    find  substitutes  for  harmful  products,  and  to   prepare
24    Illinois to function in an altered climate; and
25        WHEREAS,   The  Illinois  State  Water  Survey  has  been
26    involved with climate research and monitoring for  more  than
27    three  decades  and  has collected climate and water resource
28    data since the turn of the century; therefore, be it
31    CONCURRING  HEREIN,  that  the  Task  Force on Global Climate
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 1    Change within the Department of Natural Resources continue to
 2    monitor national policy and to study and make recommendations
 3    for State climate change  policies  and  programs  and  their
 4    implementation; and be it further
 5        RESOLVED,  That  the Task Force be composed of 20 members
 6    as follows: one member designated by the Director of  Natural
 7    Resources,  to  serve as Chair; 5 agency representatives with
 8    one designated by the Director of Agriculture,  the  Director
 9    of  Commerce  and  Community  Affairs,  the  Director  of the
10    Environmental Protection  Agency,  the  Director  of  Natural
11    Resources, and the Secretary of Transportation, respectively;
12    3  members  of the State Senate, 2 appointed by the President
13    of the Senate  and  one  appointed  by  the  Senate  Minority
14    Leader;   3  members  of  the  House  of  Representatives,  2
15    appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives  and
16    one  appointed  by  the  House  Minority Leader; and 8 public
17    members appointed by the Governor and representing  business,
18    agriculture,     urban    areas,    academic    institutions,
19    environmental organizations, and other  private  institutions
20    and organizations; and be it further
21        RESOLVED,  That we respectfully request the Department of
22    Natural Resources to  provide  any  necessary  technical  and
23    administrative  support  that the Task Force may require; and
24    be it further
25        RESOLVED, That the  Task  Force  report  to  the  General
26    Assembly and the Governor's Science Advisory Committee on its
27    further  findings  and  recommendations by December 31, 1998;
28    and be it further
29        RESOLVED,  That  the  Illinois  State  Water  Survey,   a
30    division  of the Department of Natural Resources, continue to
31    serve as the  State's  center  for  scientific  research  and
32    information  relating  to  global  climate  change; and be it
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 1    further
 2        RESOLVED, That a suitable  copy  of  this  resolution  be
 3    provided to the Director of Natural Resources.

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