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Paint Industry Eyes Legislation To Preempt Disputed State Ozone Rules

ANNAPOLIS, MD -- Paint industry officials are launching a lobbying campaign to amend the Clean Air Act to preempt states from enacting limits on ozone precursors found in paint and coatings that are stricter than federal ozone requirements, industry sources say.

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OREGON TO TAKE NEXT STEP IN WEST COAST GREENHOUSE GAS STRATEGY

An Oregon strategy to reduce the state's greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the electric and transportation sectors, setting emissions targets and developing a carbon dioxide allowance system, is the next step in a regional approach to address climate change developed by the three West Coast governors, informed state government sources say.

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THINK TANK ARGUES CLIMATE STUDIES UNDERESTIMATE NEW TECHNOLOGY

A prominent climate change think tank is arguing that economic models should provide greater weight to the way climate change requirements promote technological innovation. The group also concludes that projected costs of reducing greenhouse gas emissions are far lower when taking into account policy incentives to develop new technology.

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DOE SCOPES UPCOMING ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW FOR CO2 STORAGE PROJECTS

The Department of Energy (DOE) has outlined the potential environmental effects it will study as part of an upcoming environmental assessment of its efforts to develop methods for capture or store carbon dioxide (CO2) -- an assessment that could set precedents for environmental requirements governing research and other projects to combat or minimize global warming.

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FIRST-TIME SHIPPING GREENHOUSE INDEX PROCEEDS AFTER DISPUTE TABLED

International negotiators have tabled a dispute over pending climate change guidelines for ships, allowing officials to continue developing a first-time procedure for calculating greenhouse gas emissions from ocean-going vessels.

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EPA DENIES CO2 AUTHORITY TO COURT AS AIR CHIEF HINTS AT FUTURE CONTROLS

At the same time that EPA air chief Jeffrey Holmstead created a furor by suggesting that mandatory climate change regulations are possible in the future, EPA is asking the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia Circuit to deny a request by state attorneys general and environmental groups to force the agency to regulate carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions as part of its statutory duty under the Clean Air Act.

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DOE FACES TOUGH QUESTIONS ON ADDING CHP TO GREENHOUSE REGISTRY

Department of Energy (DOE) officials plan to offer recognition for combined heat and power (CHP) systems in revisions to proposed greenhouse gas reporting guidelines, giving manufacturing industries an incentive to use energy-efficient systems that produce heat and energy at the same time. But sources following the issue say the department will face complicated questions over how to account for emissions reductions that stem from the use of CHP.

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EPA Cites High-Court Tobacco Ruling In Argument Against CO2 Controls

In a recent court filing arguing against carbon dioxide (CO2) emission controls, the Bush administration is citing a Supreme Court decision that found the Food and Drug Administration lacked the authority to regulate tobacco, arguing that EPA's broad statutory mandate does not allow the agency to regulate CO2. An Oct. 12 legal brief, filed by the Department of Justice (DOJ) in International Center for Technology Assessment et al. v. Whitman, asks the U.S.

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GLOBAL DISPUTE COULD HALT NEW GREENHOUSE GAS GUIDELINES FOR SHIPS

An emerging global dispute is threatening to derail the International Maritime Organization's (IMO) development of first-time guidelines for calculating greenhouse gas emissions from ships, leaving U.S. EPA and other federal officials concerned that the disagreement could also undermine a host of future IMO standards affecting the environment.

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Global Dispute Could Halt New Greenhouse Gas Guidelines For Ships

An emerging global dispute is threatening to derail the International Maritime Organization's (IMO) development of first-time guidelines for calculating greenhouse gas emissions from ships, leaving EPA and other U.S. officials concerned that the disagreement could also undermine a host of future IMO standards on the environment and other issues.

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