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Feb 28, 2014

Group offers plan to meet new EPA power plant emission rules

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Swapping power generated from the dirtiest coal plants with that from under-used natural gas plants would help U.S. states meet new regulations for greenhouse gas emissions, according to a plan released by an environmental group on Thursday.

The proposal by the Boston-based Clean Air Task Force (CATF) is the latest to be presented as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency prepares new emissions standards for existing power plants, due for release on June 1.

Feb 27, 2014

Domestic climate laws on the rise, a boost for pending UN action

WASHINGTON, Feb 27 (Reuters) – An explosion in the number of
laws passed around the world aimed at confronting climate change
in the last 20 years was hailed on Thursday as a step toward
building support for a United Nations climate treaty to be
negotiated in 2015.

Countries that together account for most global greenhouse
gas emissions have passed nearly 500 laws since the Kyoto
Protocol climate treaty was signed in 1992, with emerging
economies leading many of the recent efforts, according to a
report released by the Global Legislators Organisation (GLOBE)
and the Grantham Research Institute at the London School of
Economics.

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Feb 26, 2014

West Virginia senator pushes coal bill as counterweight to EPA

, Feb 26 (Reuters) – As the Obama
administration readies rules to force all U.S. power plants to
lower the rate at which they produce greenhouse gases, Senator
Joe Manchin of West Virginia, a major coal state, is trying to
steer a bill through the Senate that he said would hold off the
Environmental Protection Agency.

The bill that Manchin, a Democrat, has co-sponsored with a
fellow coal-state lawmaker, Kentucky Republican Representative
Ed Whitfield, would severely weaken the federal Clean Air Act,
environmental groups say.