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PETITION COULD FORCE EPA TO REVIEW CLIMATE, SPECIES IMPACT OF PERMITS

A new petition by conservation groups could force EPA to consider the impact of climate change on endangered species in major actions such as the approval of air permits, as part of an effort to require all federal agencies to evaluate the effect of their actions on greenhouse gas emissions.

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EPA TO JOIN MAJOR BULB PROMOTION DESPITE UNRESOLVED RECYCLING ISSUE

EPA's Energy Star office will participate in a major national promotion to boost sales of energy efficient compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) that is slated to be launched within weeks, despite lingering questions about whether the campaign will address recycling the mercury-containing bulbs.

The campaign, to be known as 18 Seconds -- the length of time organizers say it takes to change a light bulb -- is being spearheaded by Wal-Mart, and will also include Yahoo, AC Neilsen, a prominent Hollywood producer and others.

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Kerry Seeks Middle Ground On CO2 Reductions With New Climate Bill

Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) is touting his new legislation as the middle ground among several competing proposals to deal with climate change, while casting doubt on a more ambitious proposal touted by Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA).

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Bush Opposition To CO2 Policy Hinders Sequestration Push, Expert Says

A key industry researcher is highlighting flaws in the Bush administration's technology-based approach to addressing climate change, arguing that the commercial deployment of technology to geologically sequester carbon dioxide (CO2) -- the administration's favored approach -- is unlikely to succeed without mandatory emissions controls, a position top administration officials continue to oppose.

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PETITION COULD FORCE EPA TO REVIEW CLIMATE, SPECIES IMPACT OF PERMITS

A new petition by conservation groups could force EPA to consider the impact of climate change on endangered species in major actions such as the approval of air permits, as part of an effort to require all federal agencies to evaluate the effect of their actions on greenhouse gas emissions.

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ENVIRONMENTAL GROUPS CLASH OVER SUPPORT FOR CLEAN COAL PLANTS

Environmental groups are split over their stance on power plants that use advanced coal technologies with local environmental groups accusing national groups of supporting integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) technology because they recently received grant money to do so. However, the national groups vigorously deny those accusations.

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EPA CITES ADAPTATION AS KEY STRATEGY FOR CLIMATE CHANGE RESPONSE

A key EPA official is urging local officials to pursue adaptation strategies as a major part of their efforts to respond to climate change, warning that rising temperatures could stretch city and county resources in protecting air quality and water supplies.

Local governments are also trying to secure dedicated federal funding for adaptation initiatives -- strategies for responding to the effects of climate change rather than reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

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PACT PAVES WAY FOR PELOSI PANEL TO COORDINATE HOUSE CLIMATE DEBATE

House Democratic leaders have struck an agreement that paves the way for Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to create a controversial Select Committee on Energy Independence & Climate Change while allowing the standing committees to proceed to write legislation that addresses the causes and effects of climate change.

A key lawmaker says the select committee will likely play a "useful role" in the climate change debate by coordinating witnesses and testimony for the several standing committees that share jurisdiction on the issue.

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BUSH OPPOSITION TO CO2 POLICY HINDERS SEQUESTRATION PUSH, EXPERT SAYS

A key industry researcher is highlighting flaws in the Bush administration's technology-based approach to addressing climate change, arguing that the commercial deployment of technology to geologically sequester carbon dioxide (CO2) -- the administration's favored approach -- is unlikely to succeed without mandatory emissions controls, a position top administration officials continue to oppose.

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PETITION COULD FORCE EPA TO REVIEW CLIMATE, SPECIES IMPACT OF PERMITS

A new petition from conservation groups could force U.S. EPA to consider the impact of climate change on endangered species in major actions such as the approval of air permits, as part of an effort to require all federal agencies to evaluate the impact of their actions on greenhouse gas emissions.

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