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Climate Policy Watch

INTERNATIONAL CLIMATE STUDY EXAMINES FEASIBILITY OF CO2 STORAGE

An upcoming report being developed by an international panel of experts may suggest it is possible to capture and store significant quantities of carbon dioxide (CO2) as a way to curb climate change, without creating unmanageable environmental risks.

But the report being developed by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) may also identify significant challenges for regulators if they require carbon sequestration, as well as gaps in the current legal and regulatory framework for such practices.

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EPA, WHITE HOUSE AGREE ON CLIMATE INDICATORS TO INCLUDE IN AGENCY REPORT

The Bush administration has agreed to include three measures for evaluating the performance of EPA climate change initiatives in the second version of the agency's report on the state of the environment -- a significant departure after EPA did not include any measures in the last version of the report because of agency disagreement with the White House.

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White House Agrees To Include Climate Change Measures In EPA Report

The White House has agreed to allow inclusion of three measures for evaluating the effectiveness of EPA climate change policies in the agency's upcoming report on the state of the environment, a move that reflects a reversal from several years ago when the administration excluded any greenhouse gas references from an earlier version of the report.

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International Climate Study Examines Feasibility Of CO2 Storage

An upcoming report being developed by an international panel of experts may suggest it is possible to capture and store significant quantities of carbon dioxide (CO2) as a way to curb climate change, without creating unmanageable environmental risks.

But the report being developed by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) may also identify significant challenges for regulators if they might require carbon sequestration, as well as gaps in the current legal and regulatory framework for such practices.

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Revised McCain-Lieberman Bill Would Examine Greenhouse Impact On Poor

A new version of climate change legislation introduced by Sens. John McCain (R-AZ) and Joseph Lieberman (D-CT) calls on the Department of Commerce to study the effect of global warming on low-income populations around the world. The proposal is one of the few changes to the legislation made by the senators as they seek to broaden support for establishing climate change regulations.

The legislation, introduced Feb. 10, is the latest version of a bill the senators introduced during the previous Congress that would establish an economy-wide cap on greenhouse gas emissions.

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CALIFORNIA EYES RULES FOR MARKETERS TO LIMIT OUT-OF-STATE CO2 EMISSIONS

California regulators may require power marketers, rather than generating facilities, to obtain permits for carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions under the state's pending greenhouse gas rules. The requirement would be a way to encourage production of cleaner electricity from out of state, and also lower emissions from in-state facilities, according to energy experts.

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Inhofe Expects 'Innocuous' CO2 Language In Clear Skies Markup Bill

The Senate's Clear Skies legislation to be marked up next week may have "innocuous language" on climate change to help senators who need to tell constituents they are dealing with the issue, but the bill will remain a three-pollutant bill, according to the chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK).

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CO2 DEBATE BLAMED FOR TEPID REACTION TO BUSH'S CALL FOR CLEAR SKIES

Congress' lukewarm response to President Bush's mention of Clear Skies in his State of the Union address is a sign that lawmakers are still uncertain whether a final version of the plan will address carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, according to industry and environmentalist sources.

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CALIFORNIA EYES RULES FOR MARKETERS TO LIMIT OUT-OF-STATE CO2 EMISSIONS

California regulators may require power marketers, rather than generating facilities, to obtain permits for carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions under the state's pending greenhouse gas rules. The requirement would be a way to encourage production of cleaner electricity from out of state, and also lower emissions from in-state facilities, according to energy experts.

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REPORT DOWNPLAYS CONCERNS ON "LEAKAGE" IN NORTHEAST CLIMATE PLAN

A new report by an environmental think tank says that regulators' recent experience developing a regional ozone pollution trading plan may help alleviate concerns that a pending carbon dioxide (CO2) trading program would create a "leakage" problem by shifting emissions to states not subject to its mandates, officials familiar with the program say.

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