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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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DEMOCRATS' CLIMATE TEST COULD HAMPER DOD PUSH FOR ALTERNATIVE FUELS

The Defense Department's 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, such as coal-based Fischer-Tropsch refining, that DOD is considering, observers say.

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WASTEWATER GROUP MOVES TO TACKLE RISKS, IMPACTS FROM CO2 EMISSIONS

For the first time, a wastewater industry organization has issued a formal resolution aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions and combating climate change -- in recognition of the significant impact that global warming could have on how wastewater utilities operate.

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DINGELL VOWS 'RESPONSIBLE' CO2 PLAN AS PART OF 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, just as the issue is emerging as a concern for water groups.

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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.

Dingell, who as chair of the panel would likely play a leading role in setting the environmental agenda in next year's Democratic-controlled House, told reporters on a Nov. 8 teleconference "I could support responsible legislation" on climate change, but that he would not support a bill that would "shift the entire burden" to industry.

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WHITE HOUSE EYES NEW BODY TO COLLECT AGENCIES' ENVIRONMENTAL DATA

The Bush administration is considering creating a new economic institute to track statistics from EPA and other agencies that some see as too scattered to provide an accurate accounting of environmental trends.

Supporters say such a move could help the government better understand whether regulations are effective and target new environmental problems. But some economists are arguing against the idea of a White House-controlled organization and are instead supporting the creation of an independent agency.

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WASTEWATER GROUP MOVES TO TACKLE RISKS, IMPACTS FROM CO2 EMISSIONS

For the first time, a wastewater industry organization has issued a formal resolution aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions and combating climate change -- in recognition of the significant impact that global warming could have on how wastewater utilities operate.

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