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EPA FINDS NEW UTILITY EQUIPMENT LEAKING POTENT GREENHOUSE GAS

A recent EPA study shows new high-voltage electrical equipment installed to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is leaking an extremely powerful GHG at higher-than-anticipated rates, suggesting the agency will have to take new action under a voluntary partnership with utilities and equipment makers to curb the unexpected emissions.

The findings present a new challenge for an EPA partnership with the utility industry geared toward reducing emissions of the gas, sulfur hexafluoride (SF6), through strategies that include upgrading older leaking equipment.

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MCCAIN EYES CHANGES TO CLIMATE BILL TO BOLSTER SENATE SUPPORT

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) may change three key areas of his legislation to impose first-time economy-wide mandates to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, in an attempt to win new support for the bill and reclaim votes he lost after adding incentives for boosting nuclear power, a Republican source says.

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SOME EVANGELICALS PLOW AHEAD ON CLIMATE AMID CONSERVATIVE OPPOSITION

A group of evangelical Christians is planning to issue a statement calling for federal action to address global warming after strong opposition by prominent religious conservatives effectively derailed efforts to have the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE), a major Christian organization that says it represents over 30 million people, endorse the statement, according to documents and sources involved with the talks.

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REFINERIES COULD FACE GHG RULES UNDER CALIFORNIA CLIMATE CAP

California is considering a first-of-its-kind effort to include refineries and other non-utility emitters under an upcoming emissions cap on greenhouse gases (GHG), which would go beyond current state GHG control efforts that target power plants.

Observers say the proposed cap, if fully implemented, would go beyond an approach recently agreed to by Northeastern state officials that restricts GHG emission curbs to utilities.

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DOE CLIMATE PLAN SEEKS TO SHIELD SCIENTISTS FROM HILL 'RETRIBUTION'

The Department of Energy (DOE) has anonymously posted the comments it received on a draft strategy governing its Climate Change Technology Program (CCTP), in order to shield the commenters, many of whom are federal scientists, from "retribution" by powerful House Energy & Commerce Committee Chairman Joe Barton (R-TX), sources familiar with the plan say.

Barton caused a furor last summer when he questioned the funding sources of several prominent climate scientists (Clean Air Report, Aug. 25, 2005, p23).

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Evangelicals Lobby GOP Senators To Support Mandatory Climate Caps

Evangelical leaders who Feb. 8 unveiled a statement calling for mandatory carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions controls are lobbying Republican senators who have so far opposed the controls, in a push to win their support for legislation that would impose economy-wide emissions limits in a cap-and-trade program.

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Carper Offers CO2 Deadline Extension, Clean Coal Plan To Bolster Clean Air Bill

Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE), the lead sponsor of a moderate bipartisan alternative to the Bush administration's Clear Skies bill, is planning to introduce a new version of his clean air legislation for utilities that would give emitters an additional two years to comply with the bill's current carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions targets.

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Warner Could Replace Inhofe As Environment Panel Chair In 2007

Senate Republican rules setting six-year terms for GOP committee chairmen could allow Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John Warner (R-VA) to replace Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) as head of the environment committee in 2007, even though Inhofe will not have served all six years of his term, sources say.

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Some Evangelicals Plow Ahead On Climate Amid Conservative Opposition

A group of evangelical Christians is planning to issue a statement calling for federal action to address global warming after strong opposition by prominent religious conservatives effectively derailed efforts to have the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE), a major Christian organization that says it represents over 30 million people, endorse the statement, according to documents and sources involved with the talks.

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Refineries Could Face GHG Rules Under California Climate Cap

California is considering a first-of-its-kind effort to include refineries and other non-utility emitters under an upcoming emissions cap on greenhouse gases (GHG), which would go beyond current state GHG control efforts that target power plants.

Observers say the proposed cap, if fully implemented, would go beyond an approach recently agreed to by northeastern state officials that restricts GHG emission curbs to utilities.

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