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Climate Policy Watch

GREENPEACE LAUDS GAINS IN PUSHING GLOBAL WARMING AS ELECTION ISSUE

Greenpeace is claiming victory in a pilot project launched this year to make global warming an issue in House election races and says the group plans to vastly expand the effort in the 2008 congressional races, which the group believes have largely been ignored by climate change advocates.

The group launched Project Hot Seat in six congressional districts this year and helped secure victory for at least four environmentally progressive candidates, according to a Greenpeace source.

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SENATE SHIFT ELEVATES ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE'S ROLE IN CLIMATE DEBATE

The Democratic takeover of the Senate will elevate the role of the chamber's environment committee in the emerging debate over climate change legislation, a contrast from the current Congress where under the leadership of Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK), the committee has largely sat out of debate, according to several observers.

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DEMOCRATS, ACTIVISTS CLASH IN EARLY ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY BATTLES

Despite strong election support for Democrats, environmentalists are now clashing with key Democratic leaders over a host of agenda items and other issues, and appear likely to continue to skirmish over upcoming personnel and policy issues.

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HOUSE GOP FACES FIGHT FOR KEY ENERGY PANEL SLOT IN NEXT CONGRESS

House Republicans could face a competitive race to fill the ranking member slot on the powerful Energy & Commerce Committee, after Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX), the committee's current chairman, declared he would step down from the panel should he win his long-shot bid to be Republican leader in the 110th Congress.

Whoever wins the GOP race will sit opposite Rep. John Dingell (D-MI), the Democrat slated to chair the panel, who has already detailed an aggressive agenda examining climate change, Superfund, toxics and other environmental and energy issues.

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DEMOCRATS' CLIMATE TEST MAY HAMPER DOD PUSH FOR ALTERNATIVE FUELS

The Defense Department's (DOD) push to find alternative fuel sources could face a tough hurdle if the new Democratic leadership in Congress closely scrutinizes the climate impacts of controversial technologies that DOD is considering, such as coal-based Fischer-Tropsch refining, observers say.

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CEQ CHIEF STEADFAST ON BUSH CLIMATE POLICY DESPITE ELECTION RESULTS

White House Council on Environmental Quality chief Jim Connaughton is standing firm in his defense of the Bush administration's efforts to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions without a mandatory program, despite the recent midterm elections that gave new clout to Democratic proponents of more aggressive GHG controls.

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DEMOCRATIC STATE WINS MAY NOT PROMPT BROAD ENVIRONMENTAL PUSH

Democrats picked up a slew of governorships and statehouses in last week's elections, but the victories are unlikely to translate into broad environmental policy gains that many activists are seeking, observers say.

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NEW EPW CLIMATE FOCUS COULD SPARK RACE TO CLAIM SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIR

Incoming Senate Environment & Public Works (EPW) Committee Chairwoman Barbara Boxer's (D-CA) plan to reorganize the committee to focus on climate change issues could spark a race between Sens. Joseph Lieberman (I-CT) and Thomas Carper (D-DE) to win chairmanship of a key subcommittee overseeing the issue.

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BRITISH TESTIMONY MAY AID PROPONENTS OF GHG EMISSIONS TRADING

A delegation of United Kingdom climate change officials this week told air board officials and stakeholders that robust and accurate industry greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions data and a credit-trading scheme are perhaps the two most critical elements for successful implementation of the state's new climate change law, AB 32. The input from the UK officials may enhance the administration's promotion of flexible credit-trading programs and may influence air board officials' focus as they hustle to meet several key AB 32 implementation deadlines in the coming months.

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ADAMS' UN CONFERENCE TRIP DRAWS EJ CRITICISM OVER POTENTIAL CONFLICT

Cal/EPA Secretary Linda Adams and assistant secretary Eileen Tutt were in Nairobi, Kenya, this week at a major United Nations climate conference seeking to build worldwide partnerships as part of efforts to implement the state's new climate change law, AB 32. But their trip is being criticized by some environmental justice (EJ) activists as a potential conflict because it is being paid for by The Climate Group, a Britain-based organization that is partly funded by major corporations and supports flexible cap-and-trade programs to reduce global warming.

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