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Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Senate: Showdown Today on EPA GHG Rules -
Today the Senate votes on Senator Lisa Murkowski’s resolution to block EPA’s ability to regulate GHG emissions. It will be a close vote with some Democrats defecting to support the resolution
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Senate: Lugar Introduces Alternative Climate Legislation -
On Wednesday Senator Richard Lugar (R-IL), introduced climate and energy legislation that does not include cap and trade programs to achieve emission reductions. The bill had the support of a Senator who recently supported the American Power Act.
Friday, June 4, 2010
National: White House Criticized for NEPA Threshold Guidelines -
Environmental organizations and industry are criticizing the White House for inconsistency with states and federal agencies as it tries to finalize a threshold that triggers action by federal permitting agencies on GHG impacts.
Friday, June 4, 2010
National: Federal Court Dismisses Global Warming Lawsuit by Katrina Victims – For Now -
Judges’ conflicts of interest cause a reversal of an earlier decision by a federal appeals court on standing for a citizen group’s lawsuit against petroleum companies. Other lawsuits move forward.
Friday, June 4, 2010
States: California Moves Forward With Carbon Offset Protocol Review -
Following its revocation of approval of greenhouse offset credit protocols by the Climate Action Reserve (CAR), the California Air Resources Board (CARB) is moving forward with review and tweaking of new regulatory offset protocols for compliance with AB 32 carbon reduction targets. We have the details on the process they will soon unveil.
Friday, June 4, 2010
States: California BAAQMD becomes first regulatory agency to set emissions thresholds for proposed development projects -
Yesterday, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) became the first regulatory agency in the nation to approve guidelines that establish thresholds for greenhouse gases and toxic compounds from proposed development projects.
Friday, June 4, 2010
States: Mirant Challenges Montgomery County MD Carbon Tax -
Mirant Mid-Atlantic Corporation has filed a complaint in the Baltimore Federal Court claiming that Montgomery County has unfairly targeted it out for a CO2 tax estimated to total $15 million a year.
Friday, June 4, 2010
Regional: WCI Plans to Harmonize GHG Reporting Requirements with EPA -
The Western Climate Initiative (WCI) has received extensive criticism about its different and overlapping GHG reporting requirements with those of EPA. It is taking steps to resolve the conflict and duplication.
Friday, June 4, 2010
International: Canada Backs Off Greenhouse Gas Emissions Target -
On Wednesday the Government of Canada formally backed off its 2010-2012 GHG emission reduction targets by almost a magnitude in size and ambition.
Friday, June 4, 2010
International: EU Halfway to 2020 GHG Emissions Reduction Goal -
The EU is more than halfway to its target of cutting emissions by 20% from 1990 levels by 2020, prompting discussions of increasing reduction targets.
Thursday, June 3, 2010
National: Senate to Vote on Climate Bill in July -
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) formally communicated his plans for the climate bill amendment process and schedule on Thursday.
Thursday, June 3, 2010
National: EPA Formally Finalizes GHG Tailoring Rule – Litigation Expected -
EPA published its final greenhouse gas tailoring rule today in the Federal Register to control carbon emissions from large sources with an effective date of August 2. Several groups on both sides – industry and environmental organizations -- have vowed litigation which could result forcing EPA to regulate over 6 million sources emitting as little as 100 tons per year.
Thursday, June 3, 2010
National: President Vows Votes to Pass Climate Bill -
In a speech in Pittsburgh Wednesday, President Obama reaffirmed his intention to pass climate legislation this summer. While the votes aren’t there now, the President said he would work to “find” votes in the “coming months” and keep making the case for a “clean energy future.”
Thursday, June 3, 2010
National: Senator Graham’s ‘Plan B’ for Climate Bill -
Republican Senator Lindsey Graham (SC), co-author of the early stages of the American Power Act, recently suggested a “Plan B” to pass the legislation. His proposal has gained some support among other senators.
Thursday, June 3, 2010
Reminder: Climate Change Seminar - AB 32 Under Attack -
View this email online - http://www.cantorco2e.com/email_template.asp?id=34883 Climate Change Seminar - AB 32 Under Attack? US EPA GHG Regulation Looms Featured Speaker: James Goldstene, CARB Executive Officer California's Climate Change Future With California and the US EPA aggressively moving forward with rulemaking, prospects for a federal climate change bill in doubt, and AB 32 coming under attack—uncertainty abounds. This seminar will go beyond the basics to discuss critical national developments, California's climate change future, and the implications for your company, including: - Is California's climate change future dependent upon the pending race of Brown vs. Whitman? - What is the outlook for federal legislation? - How are companies preparing for potential new climate regulation, litigation, and low-carbon product demands? - What new requirements are emerging under the Clean Air Act and other regulatory programs? - What is the future of cap and trade? - How are the courts grappling with nuisance litigation and CEQA? - What AB-32 driven regulations are already impacting California? - What factors are shaping renewable power's role in California's carbon restricted future? - What are companies doing to comply with SEC policies on climate disclosure? REGISTER NOW! http://info.hunton.com/vf/7331i9492267261C629460 SEMINAR AGENDA http://www.hunton.com/emailblast/pdfs/june9_climate_change_agenda.pdf Registration includes breakfast and lunch. Space is limited. Co-Sponsored by: Hunton & Williams, CantorCO2e Speakers K.C. Bishop III, Ph.D. Chevron Corporation Harold Buchanan CE2 Capital Partners LLC James Goldstene California Air Resources Board Michael Hertel So. Cal. Edison Co. Michael Ruffatto North American Power Group Location http://www.millenniumhotels.com/millenniumlosangeles/ Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles 506 South Grand Avenue Los Angeles, CA (800) 245-8673 Reserve hotel room online https://gc.synxis.com/xbe/rez.aspx?Chain=5303&start=1&hotel=11535&arrive=06/09/2010&nights=1&adult=1&child=0&rooms=1&group=1006hunton&promo=&iata=&step=1 Hunton & Williams room rate $149.00 CLE Credit Hunton & Williams LLP is a California State Bar approved MCLE Provider and certifies that this activity has been approved for 3.5 hours of general participatory credit. Questions? Please contact Christine Barth, cbarth@hunton.com (804) 787-8186
Thursday, May 27, 2010
National: President Calls Oil Spill a “Wake Up Call” to Pass Climate Bill -
At an extended press conference dominated by questions about the BP oil spill, President Obama mentioned several times the need to pass a climate and energy bill this year.
Thursday, May 27, 2010
National: EPA Delays GHG BACT Guidance for 4-6 Months -
As part of its recent controversial Greenhouse Gas “Tailoring Rule” that federal courts could force to regulate over 6 million sources, EPA has delayed release of its BACT guidance for major emitters.
Thursday, May 27, 2010
National: Senate Schedules Vote to Repeal EPA Endangerment Finding -
As the vote date approaches, senators are debating whether to vote on a full repeal or temporary stay of EPA’s greenhouse gas rulemaking efforts.
Thursday, May 27, 2010
National: Climate Bill Senate Vote Expected Mid-Summer -
As President Obama pressured h GOP senators behind closed doors, Senator Lieberman (I-CT) indicated a likely schedule for a vote on the climate bill.
Thursday, May 27, 2010
National: Coal-fired Power Plant Permit Denied – Despite Use of CCS Technology -
The State of Michigan denied the Wolverine Power Cooperative’s proposed 600 MW petroleum coke and coal-fired power plant in part due to uncertainty over federal climate legislation.
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Regional: WCI, RGGI and MGGRA Propose Carbon Offset Policy -
The three regional cap and trade organizations release a white paper that outlines their offset policy.
Thursday, May 27, 2010
International: European Union Considers More Aggressive GHG Reductions -
Instead of its current target of a 20% GHG reduction by 2020, the EU considers a much more aggressive reduction target.
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Industry: Intel Voluntarily Reduces GHG Emissions by 24% in 2009 -
The world’s largest chip maker, Intel, recently announced its success in cutting emissions and energy consumption, saving $4 million last year.
Monday, May 24, 2010
Climate Change Seminar - AB 32 Under Attack -
View this email online - http://www.cantorco2e.com/email_template.asp?id=34883 Climate Change Seminar - AB 32 Under Attack? US EPA GHG Regulation Looms Featured Speaker: James Goldstene, CARB Executive Officer California's Climate Change Future With California and the US EPA aggressively moving forward with rulemaking, prospects for a federal climate change bill in doubt, and AB 32 coming under attack—uncertainty abounds. This seminar will go beyond the basics to discuss critical national developments, California's climate change future, and the implications for your company, including: - Is California's climate change future dependent upon the pending race of Brown vs. Whitman? - What is the outlook for federal legislation? - How are companies preparing for potential new climate regulation, litigation, and low-carbon product demands? - What new requirements are emerging under the Clean Air Act and other regulatory programs? - What is the future of cap and trade? - How are the courts grappling with nuisance litigation and CEQA? - What AB-32 driven regulations are already impacting California? - What factors are shaping renewable power's role in California's carbon restricted future? - What are companies doing to comply with SEC policies on climate disclosure? REGISTER NOW! http://info.hunton.com/vf/7331i9492267261C629460 SEMINAR AGENDA http://www.hunton.com/emailblast/pdfs/june9_climate_change_agenda.pdf Early Bird Registration Register by May 25: $100 Register after May 25: $150 Registration includes breakfast and lunch. Space is limited. Co-Sponsored by: Hunton & Williams, CantorCO2e Speakers K.C. Bishop III, Ph.D. Chevron Corporation Harold Buchanan CE2 Capital Partners LLC James Goldstene California Air Resources Board Michael Hertel So. Cal. Edison Co. Michael Ruffatto North American Power Group Location http://www.millenniumhotels.com/millenniumlosangeles/ Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles 506 South Grand Avenue Los Angeles, CA (800) 245-8673 Reserve hotel room online https://gc.synxis.com/xbe/rez.aspx?Chain=5303&start=1&hotel=11535&arrive=06/09/2010&nights=1&adult=1&child=0&rooms=1&group=1006hunton&promo=&iata=&step=1 Hunton & Williams room rate $149.00 CLE Credit Hunton & Williams LLP is a California State Bar approved MCLE Provider and certifies that this activity has been approved for 3.5 hours of general participatory credit. Questions? Please contact Christine Barth, cbarth@hunton.com (804) 787-8186
Sunday, May 23, 2010
National: Murkowski Bill to Block EPA GHG Rulemaking Ready to Go to Senate Floor -
Senator Murkowski’s legislative effort to stop EPA’s greenhouse gas rulemaking is expected to hit the Senate Floor during the week of June 7. As a symbolic litmus test on the climate bill, the Murkowski received a surprising endorsement on Thursday.
Sunday, May 23, 2010
National: Climate Bill Negotiations Continue Behind the Scenes -
While formal action on the climate bill will not commence until mid-June, Senators Kerry and Lieberman continue negotiations on new amendments with fellow senators, industry and environmental organizations.
Sunday, May 23, 2010
National: Updated Climate Bill Allowance Allocation Charts -
We’ve updated our popular chart on the American Power Act with tonnage allocations for each year between 2013 and 2035 for each industry sector. We’ve also included three charts that illustrate the rapid ramp down in allowances and change from free allocations to auctions.
Sunday, May 23, 2010
National: Price Estimates Emerge on Carbon and Fuel under Climate Bill -
As EPA crunches numbers on its highly anticipated economic analysis of the American Power Act, a number of other organizations are beginning publish their estimates.
Sunday, May 23, 2010
National: Obama Announces New GHG and Fuel Economy Standards for Medium and Heavy Duty Trucks – and Cars and Light Duty Trucks Again. -
On Friday, President Obama directed the federal government to establish stringent standards to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase fuel efficiency for medium- and heavy-duty trucks. In addition, he directed the government to further increase the fuel efficiency for cars and light trucks.
Sunday, May 23, 2010
National: Toyota Buys Stake in Tesla Motors to Increase Presence in Electric Car Market -
On Thursday evening Toyota Motor Corporation, the world’s largest automaker, moved to accelerate its entrance into the U.S. electric car market by making a high-profile investment in the California electric car maker.
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