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MODEL CONTRACT COULD AID PUSH FOR RENEWABLES IN CLIMATE PROGRAMS

A new model agreement on the purchase of renewable energy certificates (RECs) could help advocates lobby for an enhanced role for renewable energy in any future nationwide climate program, in the wake of questions over whether clean energy purchases lead to verifiable reductions in greenhouse gases, sources who worked on the plan say.

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CALIFORNIA CLIMATE LAW COULD FORCE CUTS IN AGRICULTURE EMISSIONS

Experts say large confined animal facilities (CAFs) are likely to come under increasing pressure to reduce emissions under California's new climate change law, even though energy production and cement manufacturing are expected to shoulder most of the burden.

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DINGELL VOWS 'RESPONSIBLE' CO2 PLAN AS PART OF BROAD AGENDA

Rep. John Dingell (D-MI), who is slated to become the next chairman of the House Energy & Commerce Committee, is promising to develop "responsible" climate change legislation as one of his top environmental priorities in the 110th Congress.

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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, likely accelerating debate on legislative proposals to limit greenhouse gases, according to several observers.

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Model Contract Could Aid Push For Renewables In Climate Programs

A new model agreement on the purchase of renewable energy certificates (RECs) could help advocates lobby for an enhanced role for renewable energy in any future nationwide climate program, in the wake of questions over whether clean energy purchases lead to verifiable reductions in greenhouse gases, sources who worked on the plan say.

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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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Boxer Splits Climate Change Jurisdiction In Subcommittee Shuffle

Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA), incoming chairwoman of the Environment & Public Works Committee, is splitting global warming jurisdiction between two subcommittees, her office announced Nov. 16.

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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 cap and trade program, despite the recent mid-term elections that gave new clout to Democratic proponents of more aggressive GHG controls.

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DINGELL VOWS 'RESPONSIBLE' CO2 PLAN IN BROAD ENVIRONMENT AGENDA

Rep. John Dingell (D-MI), who is slated to become the next chairman of the House Energy & Commerce Committee, is promising to develop "responsible" climate change legislation as one of his top environmental priorities in the 110th Congress.

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DESPITE GAINS, ENVIRONMENTALISTS FACE LIMITS IN NEW CONGRESS

While making election night gains that put many of their endorsed candidates into Congress, environmentalists still face long odds in passing robust legislation when the 110th Congress begins because many of the Democratic freshman are moderates and conservatives who may not support activists' efforts, environmental, industry and other observers say.

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