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Senate Democrat Claims GOP Support For Clean Air Talks With EPA

Sen. Thomas Carper (D-DE) says he has enlisted two key Republican colleagues in his effort to meet with EPA Administrator Mike Leavitt to discuss the administration's use of "good science" and emerging technologies to reduce utility air emissions, in advance of an upcoming congressional debate on multi-pollutant legislation.

Carper says Sens. George Voinovich (R-OH), the chairman of the Senate environment panel's clean air subcommittee, and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) are awaiting a response from Leavitt on their request for a meeting.

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Stevens Suggests ANWR Revenue Could Pay For Climate Change Impacts

Sen. Ted Stevens (R-AK), a longtime proponent of drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), is suggesting that revenues from future ANWR oil be used to help relocate Alaskan villages affected by climate change.

"We are going to open ANWR . . . and we are going to dedicate a portion of revenues" to the problem, Stevens said Nov. 16 at a Senate commerce committee hearing on a comprehensive assessment outlining the effects of climate change on the Arctic region.

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Chemical Industry Plans First-Time Reporting Of Greenhouse Gases

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) will launch a voluntary greenhouse gas (GHG) reporting system to track its progress in achieving the Bush administration's goal of 18 percent carbon intensity reductions by the end of the decade -- the first time a majority of the chemical industry has agreed to report its emissions of global warming-producing gases.

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CHEMICAL INDUSTRY PLANS FIRST-TIME REPORTING OF GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) will launch a voluntary greenhouse gas (GHG) reporting system to track its progress in achieving the Bush administration's goal of 18 percent carbon intensity reductions by the end of the decade -- the first time a majority of the chemical industry has agreed to report its emissions of global warming-producing gases.

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Paint Industry Eyes Legislation To Preempt Disputed State Ozone Rules

ANNAPOLIS, MD -- Paint industry officials are launching a lobbying campaign to amend the Clean Air Act to preempt states from enacting limits on ozone precursors found in paint and coatings that are stricter than federal ozone requirements, industry sources say.

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OREGON TO TAKE NEXT STEP IN WEST COAST GREENHOUSE GAS STRATEGY

An Oregon strategy to reduce the state's greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the electric and transportation sectors, setting emissions targets and developing a carbon dioxide allowance system, is the next step in a regional approach to address climate change developed by the three West Coast governors, informed state government sources say.

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THINK TANK ARGUES CLIMATE STUDIES UNDERESTIMATE NEW TECHNOLOGY

A prominent climate change think tank is arguing that economic models should provide greater weight to the way climate change requirements promote technological innovation. The group also concludes that projected costs of reducing greenhouse gas emissions are far lower when taking into account policy incentives to develop new technology.

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DOE SCOPES UPCOMING ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW FOR CO2 STORAGE PROJECTS

The Department of Energy (DOE) has outlined the potential environmental effects it will study as part of an upcoming environmental assessment of its efforts to develop methods for capture or store carbon dioxide (CO2) -- an assessment that could set precedents for environmental requirements governing research and other projects to combat or minimize global warming.

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FIRST-TIME SHIPPING GREENHOUSE INDEX PROCEEDS AFTER DISPUTE TABLED

International negotiators have tabled a dispute over pending climate change guidelines for ships, allowing officials to continue developing a first-time procedure for calculating greenhouse gas emissions from ocean-going vessels.

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EPA DENIES CO2 AUTHORITY TO COURT AS AIR CHIEF HINTS AT FUTURE CONTROLS

At the same time that EPA air chief Jeffrey Holmstead created a furor by suggesting that mandatory climate change regulations are possible in the future, EPA is asking the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia Circuit to deny a request by state attorneys general and environmental groups to force the agency to regulate carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions as part of its statutory duty under the Clean Air Act.

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