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Climate Policy Watch

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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FAITH GROUPS EXPAND GREEN ADVOCACY, TARGET SENATE FOR CLIMATE VOTE

Religious leaders are mobilizing their communities from the grassroots to the national level to pressure the Senate to reopen debate on the McCain-Lieberman climate change bill, marking the newest campaign in faith groups' efforts to frame environmentalism as a moral issue. In addition, they say they might personally try to sway President Bush on the issue.

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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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