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Climate Policy Watch

TAMMINEN MOVE MAY REFLECT SHIFT IN GOVERNOR'S ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY

Stakeholders are split over the significance of shifts to the governor's top staff, including a change that bumped former Cal/EPA Secretary Terry Tamminen into a purportedly less-powerful position in the governor's "horseshoe" of chief advisors. Several stakeholders also maintain that Tamminen is a potential candidate for a spot on the state water board, while some environmentalists say where Tamminen winds up may reflect a noteworthy shift in the administration's environmental policy positions.

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LLOYD DENIES CONFLICTS IN GOVERNOR'S CLIMATE CHANGE, COAL POLICIES

Cal/EPA Secretary Alan Lloyd this week appears to have rejected suggestions by some that there are inherent conflicts between the governor's efforts to reduce climate change emissions and to support the expanded importation of coal-fired power. Despite Lloyd's statement, the climate change project being spearheaded by Cal/EPA has not addressed the issue of coal or a clean-coal performance standard being backed by other state agencies to ensure power plants meet stringent pollution limits.

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EPA, UTILITIES TARGET STATE RULES THAT MAY BLOCK ENERGY EFFICIENCY

A new energy efficiency group spearheaded by EPA and the Department of Energy (DOE) may recommend policy solutions at the state regulatory level that aim to encourage utilities to support energy efficiency, by changing electricity rate regulations that reward electric generators based on the volume of power sold.

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GOLDMAN SACHS' NOVEL CLIMATE PLAN IS LATEST TARGET OF FREE-MARKET FIRE

Free-market advocates are targeting Goldman Sachs, the first U.S. investment bank to adopt a corporate social responsibility (CSR) policy that commits the company to promoting alternative energy sources and to taking aggressive steps to limit emissions that cause climate change.

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BINGAMAN SEEKS TO MOVE CLIMATE CHANGE BILL PRIOR TO 2006 ELECTIONS

NEW YORK -- Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-NM), who won Senate endorsement earlier this year of a resolution calling for mandatory climate change controls, is suggesting he will try to move a new version of his climate change legislation early next year to force attention to the issue during the 2006 election season.

However, Bingaman is also cautioning that state-level efforts to regulate greenhouse gases may complicate efforts to reach a national agreement.

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ACTIVISTS EYE UTILITY STEAM UNIT STANDARDS AS NEXT TARGET FOR GHG SUIT

Environmentalists plan to sue EPA for failing to regulate carbon dioxide (CO2) in new emissions standards for power plant steam generating units, marking the latest lawsuit in a litigation strategy that claims EPA is obligated to regulate greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act, environmentalists say.

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NORTHEAST TO ANNOUNCE CLIMATE PLAN AMID CONCERNS FROM KEY STATES

Northeast states are on the brink of announcing a regional climate plan that may lack participation from key states, in a development that could lead to a scaled-back plan that is weaker as a national model for mandatory greenhouse gas reductions.

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EPA EYES TOOLS FOR MEASURING CLIMATE CHANGE THREAT TO WATER SUPPLIES

EPA's global climate research program has developed two modeling tools that coastal communities could use to evaluate the vulnerability of their groundwater supplies to climate change, in preparation for protecting current water supplies or avoiding future water infrastructure vulnerabilities in coastal regions.

The long-range planning tools come amid increasing concern over the possible effects of climate change on wetlands and water supplies due to factors such as rising sea levels.

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CLIMATE CHANGE MAY FORCE SHIFT IN SEWER MANAGEMENT, EXPERT SAYS

New research from the United Kingdom showing changes in rainfall frequency and intensity due to climate change could force revisions to predicting and preventing sewer overflows from wet weather events because traditional approaches may not be adequate in the future, according to an expert with a major international engineering firm.

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Climate Change May Force Shift In Sewer Management, Expert Says

New research from the United Kingdom showing changes in rainfall frequency and intensity due to climate change could force revisions to predicting and preventing sewer overflows from wet weather events because traditional approaches may not be adequate in the future, according to an expert with a major international engineering firm.

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