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Iowa council releases plan to cut greenhouse gases

DES MOINES (AP) -- The Iowa Climate Change Advisory Council has released its final report that suggests ways to cut greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 90 percent by 2050.

The 23-member governor-appointed council presented the report during a news conference Friday.

It proposes two scenarios that include benchmarks for lowering emissions.

In the first, the state would adopt a plan for a 50 percent reduction in emissions by 2050, with interim goals of 1 percent by 2012 and 11 percent by 2020. The other scenario calls for a 90 percent reduction by 2050, with interim goals of 3 percent by 2012 and 22 percent by 2020. The emissions levels were based on 2005 numbers.

Also included in the report are 56 policy options that could reduce emissions.

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