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Climate Policy Watch

AUTO, OIL COMPANIES REACH FIRST-TIME SHAREHOLDER PACTS ON CLIMATE ISSUE

Several major corporations have reached agreements with shareholders to assess the impact of climate change on their operations, marking the first time that automobile and petroleum companies have entered into agreements on global warming liability.

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CANADA'S VOLUNTARY GHG DEAL COULD BE FACTOR IN CALIFORNIA AUTO SUIT

A voluntary agreement reached late last month between three leading U.S. automakers and the Canadian government to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions could become a factor in the industry's pending litigation over a California climate change law, according to activist groups, who say the Canadian deal is proof that auto companies can achieve the fuel economy levels required by California law.

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ACTIVISTS SAY STATE CLIMATE BILL COULD CURB ANIMAL FEEDLOT POLLUTION

Environmentalists say a new voluntary climate change bill in North Carolina could allow the state's massive pork production industry to sell emissions credits under any future national cap-and-trade program. The activists are touting the bill as a way to encourage hog feedlots to develop innovative technologies that reduce emissions of the greenhouse gas methane.

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STUDY ON BENEFITS TO INDUSTRY SPARKS DEBATE ON NORTHEAST CLIMATE PLAN

Northeast states are debating how to design an upcoming cap-and-trade program for greenhouse gases, in light of a new analysis cautioning that electric utilities in the region could profit under the initiative by passing compliance costs on to consumers.

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Jeffords Backs Environmentalists In Greenhouse Pledge From Johnson

Sen. James Jeffords (I-VT) is backing a push by environmentalists that EPA administrator-nominee Stephen Johnson pledge to approach the politically-charged issue of global warming based on sound scientific evidence. The push is an attempt to counter perceived efforts by Senate environment committee Chairman James Inhofe (R-OK), who opposes federal climate change regulations, to seek a commitment from Johnson that he would resist pressures from those seeking first-time greenhouse gas controls.

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DOE RELEASES NEW DRAFT GREENHOUSE GAS REPORTING GUIDELINES

The Department of Energy (DOE) has released for public comment revised interim guidelines for companies seeking to register voluntary efforts to curb greenhouse gases under what is known as the 1605 (b) program.

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INDUSTRY APPLAUDS SEN. VITTER AS CLIMATE CHANGE SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIR

Industry officials who oppose government controls on carbon dioxide emissions are welcoming Sen. David Vitter's (R-LA) March 8 appointment to head a new subcommittee on global climate change. The conservative senator's record may indicate he could use the role to "give a microphone" to scientists who are skeptical that global warming exists, these sources say.

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WEST COAST CLIMATE PLAN LOSING STEAM; ACTIVISTS EYE STATE LAWS

Activists in at least one West Coast state are beginning to propose climate change legislation as an alternative to a languishing regional strategy. Environmentalists and state sources say California, Washington and Oregon have made little progress in recent months in advancing the multi-state climate change plan.

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Industry Applauds Sen. Vitter As Climate Change Subcommittee Chair

Industry officials who oppose government controls on carbon dioxide emissions are welcoming Sen. David Vitter's (R-LA) March 8 appointment to head a new subcommittee on global climate change. The conservative senator's record may indicate he could use the role to "give a microphone" to scientists who are skeptical that global warming exists, these sources say.

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Inhofe Seeks Climate Change Concessions From EPA Nominee Johnson

Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairman James Inhofe (R-OK) is seeking commitments from EPA Administrator-nominee Stephen Johnson that he does not support broad efforts to limit climate change pollutants.

Inhofe told Inside EPA March 9 that while he held Johnson in high regard, "I'm looking for someone who is open-minded, fair and is not entrenched in a philosophy or 'religion' of global warming."

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