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Climate Policy Watch

STAKEHOLDERS LOBBY SCHWARZENEGGER FOR FINAL BILL ACTION

Environmentalists and industry representatives are mounting intense lobbying efforts in hopes of influencing Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to either sign or veto key environmental bills on his desk. Meanwhile, sources say it is unclear how or if Schwarzenegger's recent guarantee to sign a highly publicized global warming measure in an election year will impact other pending environmental bills.

Significant air quality, goods movement and environmental litigation bills await action by the governor.

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GROUPS SEEN PURSUING BILLS CLARIFYING DISPUTED GHG PROGRAM

Schwarzenegger Administration officials and key stakeholders already envision substantial cleanup legislation being proposed next year and in subsequent years to clarify what are viewed as vague and controversial sections of the landmark climate change bill passed by the Legislature last week. Meanwhile, administration officials say they intend the program to eventually allow out-of-state emission offsets to count toward emission reduction mandates in California, a development likely to be heavily scrutinized by environmental justice advocates.

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States Adopt Competing Approaches To Address FutureGen CO2 Liability

Texas and Illinois -- the two states competing to site the $1 billion FutureGen power plant, which will demonstrate how to capture and sequester carbon dioxide (CO2) -- are moving forward with different approaches to assuming liability should the CO2 escape.

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Despite State Action, Regulators Fail To Agree On New Climate Policy

PORTLAND, OR -- Despite growing state efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions absent federal mandates on the issue, state environmental commissioners failed to adopt a policy on climate change at their annual meeting in light of disagreements over whether to seek mandatory federal emissions limits.

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Backers Of CO2 Curbs Eye Liability Relief To Bolster Industry Support

Capitol Hill supporters of legislation to regulate carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions are quietly considering whether to provide industry liability protection from global warming-related lawsuits, in an effort to win backing for mandatory greenhouse gas limits, according to Capitol Hill and other sources.

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SIERRA CLUB SUPPORT FOR ENERGY PROJECTS UNDERPINS MAJOR NEW POLICY

On the eve of formally approving a new energy policy, the Sierra Club is conditionally backing a number of energy projects, demonstrating the group's growing willingness to support energy development it may once have opposed and to more actively encourage clean, efficient energy production.

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ACTIVISTS BACK EMBATTLED CHAFEE BID AMID ENVIRONMENT PANEL FEARS

Environmentalists are redoubling their efforts to boost the embattled reelection campaign of Sen. Lincoln Chafee (R-RI) amid fears that if the senator loses, the Senate Environment & Public Works (EPW) Committee would lose its only sympathetic Republican.

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METHYL BROMIDE CASE MAY LIMIT ENFORCEMENT OF CLIMATE, PESTICIDE PACTS

A federal appellate ruling interpreting EPA regulations on the pesticide methyl bromide lays out a broad new precedent that could limit the enforceability of international agreements in federal court, including environmental treaties on issues such as climate change and persistent organic pollutants (POPs), sources familiar with the case say.

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STATES ADOPT COMPETING APPROACHES TO ADDRESS FUTUREGEN CO2 LIABILITY

Texas and Illinois -- the two states competing to site the $1 billion FutureGen power plant, which will demonstrate how to capture and sequester carbon dioxide (CO2) -- are moving forward with different approaches to assuming liability should the CO2 escape.

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LANDMARK CALIFORNIA CO2 PLAN FACES KEY LEGAL, POLITICAL HURDLES

California policymakers' landmark bill to cap carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions faces key legal and political hurdles before the state can implement a rule to carry out the legislation, environmental and industry observers say.

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