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Climate Policy Watch

SCHWARZENEGGER SEEKS CABINET OVERSIGHT, 'SAFETY VALVE' IN CLIMATE BILL

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) wants Democratic state lawmakers to amend their landmark greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction legislation to require a cabinet-level panel to oversee implementation, as well as to include an economic "safety valve" to protect the state's financial well-being, according to California EPA (Cal/EPA) Secretary Linda Adams.

Environmentalists and legislative staffers supporting the bill are raising concerns about Adams' comments, saying the governor may be seeking to undermine the groundbreaking measure by watering down key provisions.

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DELAY ON STATE RGGI BILL MAY FORESHADOW FIGHT ON CREDIT ALLOCATIONS

The Massachusetts legislature will likely put off until next year a bill to join the Northeast regional greenhouse gas initiative (RGGI), with observers expecting a dispute over a provision in the bill that requires the state to auction all of its allowances to generators.

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NORTHEAST MAY EXTEND CLIMATE CAP TO COVER ELECTRICITY IMPORTS

Northeast states are considering expanding a regional cap on carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions to cover companies that import electricity from states not subject to the mandate, in order to curb emissions "leakage" that could result if the climate change program displaces power generation into other areas of the country.

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AUTO COMPANIES OUTLINE VOLUNTARY PLANS TO REDUCE GREENHOUSE GASES

Some of the world's largest auto companies are detailing new plans to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through product and operational changes, while also assessing risks that climate change poses to their bottom lines.

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HIGH COURT SUIT HELPS ADVOCATES OF CO2 RULES DESPITE UNCERTAIN RESULT

The Supreme Court's decision to wade into disputes over global warming does little to mitigate -- and could even intensify -- political pressure for carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions controls, even if the high court upholds EPA arguments that it does not have to curb greenhouse gas emissions from motor vehicles, observers say.

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STATES, ACTIVISTS SEEK INDUSTRY ALLIES IN HIGH COURT CLIMATE CASE

States and environmental groups that successfully convinced the Supreme Court to hear a high-stakes case over whether EPA is required to regulate carbon dioxide (CO2) are now trying to convince industry groups that have supported CO2 regulation to weigh in on their behalf, after an electric utility company filed a brief in a separate CO2 case being heard in a lower court.

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EPA REVIEWS SNAP RULES TO ENSURE CONSISTENCY WITH POSITION IN CO2 SUIT

EPA is scrutinizing its long-established practice of considering the global warming potential (GWP) of proposed substitutes for ozone-depleting substances to ensure it is consistent with the agency's arguments in the pending Supreme Court case over EPA authority to regulate carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from mobile sources.

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EPA Report Touts IGCC Benefits Despite Rejecting 'Best' Control Determination

EPA's new report on integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC), the clean coal emissions technology that proponents say is critical to capturing carbon dioxide (CO2) and limiting other emissions, is strongly touting the technology's benefits even though the agency in 2005 stopped short of recommending IGCC for clean air permits.

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States, Activists Seek Industry Allies In High Court Climate Case

States and environmental groups that successfully convinced the Supreme Court to hear a high-stakes case over whether EPA is required to regulate carbon dioxide (CO2) are now trying to convince industry groups that have supported CO2 regulation to weigh in on their behalf, after an electric utility company filed a brief in a separate CO2 case being heard in a lower court.

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EPA REVIEWS SNAP RULES TO ENSURE CONSISTENCY WITH POSITION IN CO2 SUIT

EPA is scrutinizing its long-established practice of considering the global warming potential (GWP) of proposed substitutes for ozone-depleting substances to ensure it is consistent with the agency's arguments in the pending Supreme Court case over EPA authority to regulate carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from mobile sources.

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