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Governor signs greenhouse gas bills

Gov. Ted Kulongoski has signed a package of bills expected to level off greenhouse gas emissions in Oregon by next year to help combat global warming.

The governor signed the seven bills today at the University of Oregon Lundquist College of Business in Eugene.

Most of them came out of the governor's global warming package introduced to the Legislature. They reduce emissions from cars and trucks through a low-carbon fuel standard, promote home solar energy, and control emissions from power plants and industry.

Sallie Schullinger-Krause of the Oregon Environmental Council says the new laws and others from 2007 should meet the Legislature's goal of leveling off greenhouse emissions by 2010.

She says the next goals, reducing emissions below 1990 levels, will take more action.

— The Associated Press