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Climate Policy Watch

NORTHEAST STATES EYE POTENTIAL U.S.-EUROPE EMISSIONS TRADING

Several Northeast states and European Union (EU) environment officials are discussing harmonizing mandatory greenhouse gas cap-and-trade systems in Europe with a regional initiative being developed in the Northeast, aiming for potential cross-Atlantic trades in the future, sources say.

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Northeast States, European Union Consider Cross-Atlantic Emissions Trading

Several Northeast states and European Union (EU) environment officials are discussing ways to harmonize mandatory greenhouse gas cap-and-trade systems in Europe with a regional initiative being developed in the Northeast, aiming for possible cross-Atlantic trades in the future, sources say.

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Environmentalists, Industry Heighten Calls For Coal Gasification At Power Plants

Environmentalists and industry officials are intensifying their push to boost the use of advanced coal gasification at new coal-fired power plants, with environmentalists citing a new legal analysis that says permitting authorities must consider the technology to curb global warming, and industry increasingly touting the technology's benefits.

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NEW FREE-MARKET BLOC RESPONDS TO ENVIRONMENTALISTS' 2004 CAMPAIGN

Free-market advocates have formed a new coalition to counter environmentalists and their Democratic allies, suggesting some Republicans are worried that the proliferation of anti-Bush special interest groups may be affecting the presidential election.

"It certainly reflects the acknowledgment and even the concern that these well-funded, pro-Democrat groups are going to have a big impact, and that their actions need to be answered by the Right," says a source with the Center for Responsive Politics (CRP), a non-partisan group that tracks campaign finance.

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Environmentalists Cite Climate Disaster Movie To Push Senate Greenhouse Gas Bill

With support from former Vice President Al Gore, environmental groups are hoping to increase public pressure for passage of the McCain-Lieberman greenhouse gas bill in concert with the upcoming premiere of a climate change disaster movie, "The Day After Tomorrow."

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GROUPS CAUTIOUSLY AWAIT SOUTHERN CO.'S CLIMATE CHANGE STUDY

Southern Company's new agreement to conduct an "honest assessment" of its risks from climate change and other environmental issues could mark a major turning point if the assessment leads to action at one of the nation's largest electric utilities, investor groups and environmentalists say. However, Southern Company says its agreement is more in line with its corporate governance practices than a belief that it needs to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.

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CALIFORNIA LAWMAKERS BACK GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSION DECALS FOR CARS

California Assembly lawmakers last week advanced a bill requiring auto companies beginning in 2009 to provide information on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from their vehicles through a redesign of the smog index decals affixed to current models. The regulation, unopposed thus far by automakers, would dovetail with forthcoming California Air Resources Board (CARB) regulations requiring automakers to begin reducing GHG emissions from vehicles in 2009.

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LAWMAKERS BACK GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSION DECALS FOR CARS

Assembly lawmakers this week advanced a bill requiring auto companies beginning in 2009 to provide information on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from their vehicles through a redesign of current smog index decals affixed to current models. The regulation, unopposed thus far by automakers, would dovetail with forthcoming Air Resources Board regulations requiring automakers to begin reducing GHG emissions from vehicles in 2009.

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