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Climate Policy Watch

ENVIRONMENTALISTS CHALLENGE NADER BY CONTRASTING KERRY, BUSH

Environmentalists are responding to Ralph Nader's presidential candidacy by emphasizing what they say are stark differences between President Bush and Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) on environmental issues.

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Conservatives List Key Senators In Lobbying Against Climate Change Bill

A conservative think tank has targeted 15 senators in a memo to lobbyists to help them dissuade the lawmakers from switching their votes to support McCain-Lieberman climate change legislation, while expressing concerns over an intensified campaign by environmentalists who are calling on the Senate to pass the bill, which would establish first-time controls on carbon dioxide emissions.

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ENVIRONMENTALISTS SEEK TO REDUCE NADER ROLE BY CONTRASTING KERRY, BUSH

Environmentalists are responding to the election-year threat of Ralph Nader in his appeal to pro-environment voters by attempting to minimize his role in the presidential race by emphasizing what they say are stark differences between President Bush and Sen. John Kerry (D-MA).

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KEY SENATORS OFFER DIM OUTLOOK FOR NEW VOTE ON CLIMATE CHANGE BILL

Prospects for a new Senate vote this year on controversial climate change legislation appear murky in the face of concerns from Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) that it might intrude on limited floor time and because of lobbying by the bill's opponents to squelch new support for it, key senators and other sources say.

Nevertheless, Sens. John McCain (R-AZ) and Joe Lieberman (D-CT) say they are pushing ahead with their efforts to bring their climate change bill to a vote and are calling for a grassroots campaign in the upcoming election to raise the profile of the issue.

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HOUSE REPUBLICAN TO ASK LEADERS TO ALLOW GLOBAL WARMING DEBATE

A key Republican House lawmaker is preparing to meet top GOP leaders to push them to allow floor votes on a controversial climate change bill in the event that the Senate approves counterpart legislation sponsored by Sens. John McCain (R-AZ) and Joseph Lieberman (D-CT).

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DEMOCRATS USE ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES TO REACH RELIGIOUS COMMUNITIES

Democratic activists seeking to narrow the Republican advantage among religious voters are promoting environmental issues as a way to reach voters who supported President Bush in the last election.

At the same time, a key left-leaning group is launching a multi-year effort to court religious communities on issues that include the environment, noting recent interest from Christian, Jewish and other faith groups in mercury pollution and global warming.

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CRITICS OF INTERNATIONAL CLEAN AIR PACT TARGET STATE MERCURY PLAN

Anti-regulatory groups are considering filing a court challenge to strict new mercury emission limits recently adopted by Massachusetts, arguing that the standards are based on an international agreement between Northeast states and Canadian provinces that these groups say is unconstitutional.

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Massachusetts Mercury Rule May Prompt Legal Challenge To International Pacts

Anti-regulatory groups are considering filing a court challenge to strict new mercury emission limits recently adopted by Massachusetts, arguing that the standards are based on an international agreement between Northeast states and Canadian provinces that these groups say is unconstitutional.

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ENVIRONMENTALISTS SAY GAO FACA ETHICS RECOMMENDATIONS FALL SHORT

Environmentalists are criticizing a new General Accounting Office (GAO) report that recommends tightening guidelines for appointing members to federal advisory committees to better insure their independence. Activists say GAO focused too much on process and "didn't get to the heart" of the real problems of balance and conflict of interest.

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ACTIVISTS, INDUSTRY BOOST USE OF 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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