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EPA To Include Climate Change In Next State-Of-Environment Report

EPA is planning to address global climate change in its next report on the state of the environment, a key agency official says.

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CONSERVATIVES FORM COALITION TO COUNTER ENVIRONMENTALISTS

Free-market advocates have formed a new coalition to counter environmentalists and their Democratic allies in the election campaign. The move suggests that Republicans worried about the proliferation of anti-Bush campaign groups are developing parallel efforts to support the president, especially as federal election officials have declined to financially restrict these groups.

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BUSH CAMPAIGN DOCUMENT SEEN AS CRITICIZING EPA MERCURY PLAN

A yet-to-be-released Bush campaign document, obtained by Inside Washington Publishers, appears to side with lawmakers from Eastern and Midwestern states in their criticism of EPA's cap-and-trade mercury control plan for utilities.

The document also criticizes Sen. John Kerry (D-MA), the likely Democratic presidential nominee, for supporting strict clean air mandates for reducing mercury emissions that the document claims will harm Eastern and Midwestern coal producers. Relevant documents are available on InsideEPA.com.

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GROUPS CITE CLIMATE MOVIE TO PUSH SENATE GREENHOUSE GAS BILL

With support from former Vice President Al Gore, environmental groups are hoping to increase public pressure for passage of the McCain-Lieberman greenhouse gas bill in concert with the upcoming premiere of a climate change disaster movie, "The Day After Tomorrow."

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CLIMATE CHANGE POSES POLITICAL CHALLENGE FOR NORTHEAST GOP

As efforts to address climate change gain bipartisan steam in the Northeast, Republican state administrations are increasingly trying to take the lead on the controversial environmental issue without alienating the White House and conservatives who oppose mandatory greenhouse gas controls.

In recent weeks, officials in Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts -- three states with Republican governors -- have passed legislation to reduce greenhouse gases and implemented executive climate change programs.

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NORTHEAST STATES EYE POTENTIAL U.S.-EUROPE EMISSIONS TRADING

Several Northeast states and European Union (EU) environment officials are discussing harmonizing mandatory greenhouse gas cap-and-trade systems in Europe with a regional initiative being developed in the Northeast, aiming for potential cross-Atlantic trades in the future, sources say.

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Northeast States, European Union Consider Cross-Atlantic Emissions Trading

Several Northeast states and European Union (EU) environment officials are discussing ways to harmonize mandatory greenhouse gas cap-and-trade systems in Europe with a regional initiative being developed in the Northeast, aiming for possible cross-Atlantic trades in the future, sources say.

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Environmentalists, Industry Heighten Calls For Coal Gasification At Power Plants

Environmentalists and industry officials are intensifying their push to boost the use of advanced coal gasification at new coal-fired power plants, with environmentalists citing a new legal analysis that says permitting authorities must consider the technology to curb global warming, and industry increasingly touting the technology's benefits.

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NEW FREE-MARKET BLOC RESPONDS TO ENVIRONMENTALISTS' 2004 CAMPAIGN

Free-market advocates have formed a new coalition to counter environmentalists and their Democratic allies, suggesting some Republicans are worried that the proliferation of anti-Bush special interest groups may be affecting the presidential election.

"It certainly reflects the acknowledgment and even the concern that these well-funded, pro-Democrat groups are going to have a big impact, and that their actions need to be answered by the Right," says a source with the Center for Responsive Politics (CRP), a non-partisan group that tracks campaign finance.

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Environmentalists Cite Climate Disaster Movie To Push Senate Greenhouse Gas Bill

With support from former Vice President Al Gore, environmental groups are hoping to increase public pressure for passage of the McCain-Lieberman greenhouse gas bill in concert with the upcoming premiere of a climate change disaster movie, "The Day After Tomorrow."

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