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Climate Policy Watch

Warner Decision To End Bid For EPW Ranking Slot May Slow CO2 Bills

Sen. John Warner's (R-VA) decision to end his bid to be ranking member on next year's Senate Environment & Public Works Committee (EPW) will likely slow the panel's debate on climate change bills, because his decision means outgoing Chairman Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) -- the Senate's leading climate skeptic -- will now assume the top minority slot.

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House Lawmakers Cite Climate Concerns To Press For Renewable Energy Funds

A bipartisan group of House lawmakers is for the first time citing climate change concerns to press President Bush to fully fund renewable energy mandates and programs in the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPACT) during fiscal year 2008. In a Dec. 8 letter to President Bush, 80 House members are urging full funding in FY08 for the renewables programs, which they argue "have the most immediate and longest lasting positive effect on energy availability, stable prices, and greenhouse gas emissions."

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States, Utilities Divided Over Role Of Carbon In Building New Plants

States and utilities are split on whether or not to include a price for carbon into cost projections for proposed coal-fired power plants, amid conflicting studies from the federal government and outside groups projecting future energy prices.

Environmentalists also received a setback when they lost a recent lawsuit in Wisconsin, asking a utility to factor the price of carbon into its cost projection for a new power plant.

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GOP Changes On Senate Environment Panel May Boost CO2 Bill Prospects

Republican plans to make Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) a member of the Senate Environment & Public Works (EPW) Committee could significantly boost the chance that legislation mandating carbon dioxide (CO2) cuts could successfully pass the committee with bipartisan support because Alexander is a key co-sponsor of a bill to mandate cuts in utility air pollution, including CO2.

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TOP NRDC ATTORNEY TO JOIN SENATE ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE STAFF

Erik Olson, the advocacy director for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and an expert on water issues, is leaving that post to become deputy chief of staff for the Senate Environment & Public Works (EPW) Committee under incoming committee chair Barbara Boxer (D-CA), according to environmentalists and industry sources.

One industry official says Olson's appointment to the second-most senior staff position at EPW indicates Boxer may place "a keen focus on drinking water issues."

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STATES, INDUSTRY SEEK TO BOLSTER FLEXIBILITY IN EPA CO2 INJECTION GUIDE

State groundwater and oil industry officials are seeking modifications to a draft EPA policy on permit requirements for experimental underground injection of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2), including clarification on whether the policy should apply to future large projects, and possible changes that could make it easier for states to give their oil and gas regulators a larger role in drafting permits.

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FORMER EPA ATTORNEYS ACCEPT HIGH COURT MAY BACK CO2 AUTHORITY

Former high-level EPA attorneys who served during the Bush administration's development of legal arguments in a landmark Supreme Court climate case are conceding that the justices appear skeptical of agency claims that it lacks Clean Air Act authority to regulate carbon dioxide (CO2), one of several arguments EPA has used to defend its controversial decision not to curb greenhouse gas emissions from motor vehicles.

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GOP SHUFFLE ON INTELLIGENCE PANEL COULD END WARNER BID FOR EPW SLOT

A Republican shuffle on the Senate intelligence panel may create an opening for Sen. John Warner (R-VA) to take the panel's ranking slot, which would end the Virginia senator's ongoing fight with Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) to take the Senate environment committee's top minority slot next year.

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BOXER MAY HOLD MULTIPLE WEEKLY SENATE HEARINGS ON CLIMATE CHANGE

Incoming Senate environment panel chairwoman Barbara Boxer (D-CA) is planning an "intensive" round of global warming oversight hearings next month that could occur several times a week, according to one environmentalist.

Boxer told reporters at a Dec. 5 press conference that she will hold a series of climate change hearings when she takes control of the Senate Environment & Public Works Committee in the 110th Congress, and plans to call EPA officials, activists, state and local officials, scientists and others as witnesses.

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ENVIRONMENTALISTS SEEK NEW INFLUENCE WITH DEMOCRATS ON CAPITOL HILL

Environmentalists are taking early steps to capitalize on their newfound clout in the wake of the November elections, touting ways incoming Democratic leaders could encourage cleaner energy sources and urging their supporters to push House and Senate leaders to tackle the problem of global warming.

As part of the effort, environmentalists are at least temporarily going out of their way to praise incoming Democratic leaders, after an internal dust-up when some environmentalists questioned Democrats' commitment to environmental issues.

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