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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 12, 2008 | Patrick McGreevy, Times Staff Writer
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the Republican candidate for vice president, has urged Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to veto a fee on cargo containers going through the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, setting off a wave of criticism from California environmentalists. Palin's letter to Schwarzenegger is dated Aug. 28 -- one day before presidential candidate and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) announced that he had picked her as his running mate. The letter argues that both consumers and the economy in California and Alaska would suffer as a result of the fee. Though the issue might otherwise be viewed as a relatively parochial port matter, Palin's newfound status as a national political figure has raised the stakes in what state environmentalists consider to be their most important pollution reduction effort this year.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 10, 2008 | Louis Sahagun
A federal court judge Tuesday denied a trucking association's request that she halt key elements of a landmark program designed to help reduce pollution at the Los Angeles-Long Beach ports complex. Granting the request "would not serve the public interest in any significant way," U.S. District Judge Christina Snyder wrote in a 26-page ruling. She said she was not persuaded by the American Trucking Assn.'s argument that big-rig drivers would experience significant hardships if forced to enter into new concession agreements required for them to service the adjacent ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 14, 2008 | Patrick McGreevy, Times Staff Writer
Money collected in Los Angeles County to clean up its polluted ports would be shared with the Central Valley under a proposal by the Schwarzenegger administration that is drawing opposition from Southern California leaders. Sponsors of legislation that would charge shippers about $60 a container in the ports of Los Angeles, Long Beach and Oakland had intended to use the money in areas close to those cities' ports to reduce traffic congestion and air pollution.
NATIONAL
June 6, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
A Senate bill to cut greenhouse gases and address global warming is heading toward almost certain defeat after nearly a week of stalemate and partisan bickering. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has set a vote for 9 a.m. Pacific today to try to overcome a Republican filibuster. He has pledged to pull the bill if the attempt to cut off debate fails. The measure would require power plants, refineries and factories to reduce their carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases by about 19% by 2020 and by 71% by midcentury.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 29, 2008 | Louis Sahagun and Janet Wilson, Times Staff Writers
A coalition of environmental groups plans to sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today to force it to overturn motor vehicle emissions limits for Southern California, charging that the targets fail to address hazardous pollution faced by 1.5 million people who live next to freeways. In a petition to be filed in the U.S.
NATIONAL
April 17, 2008 | James Gerstenzang and Richard Simon, Times Staff Writers
President Bush said Wednesday that the U.S. should halt the rise in its greenhouse gas emissions by 2025, as he sought to set boundaries for global warming initiatives under consideration by Congress and major industrialized nations. But the calendar leaves him little time and, critics said, little prospect of influencing the debate. All of the presidential candidates who want to replace him favor stronger action. To reach his goal, the president said, the U.S.
NATIONAL
March 1, 2008 | Margot Roosevelt, Times Staff Writer
California's states'-rights battle against the Bush administration over global warming was freed to move forward in federal court Friday, after the Environmental Protection Agency issued its long-delayed justification for blocking the state's 2002 law curbing greenhouse emissions from cars and trucks. EPA Administrator Stephen L. Johnson had written to Gov.
HEALTH
February 18, 2008 | Janet Cromley, Times Staff Writer
Those snazzy HEPA -- high efficiency particulate air -- filters designed for home use may actually do a body good, Danish researchers have found. Just two days of exposure to HEPA filters in the home resulted in a significant, positive effect on a key measure of cardiovascular health among 21 nonsmoking couples ages 60 to 75, says Dr.
NATIONAL
December 28, 2007 | From the Associated Press
The Environmental Protection Agency signaled Thursday that it is prepared to comply with a congressional request for all documents -- including communications with the White House -- concerning its decision to block California from imposing limits on greenhouse gases. In a memo, the EPA's general counsel directed agency employees to preserve and produce all documents related to the decision, including any opposing views and communications between senior EPA officials and the White House.
SCIENCE
December 14, 2007 | Alan Zarembo and Thomas H. Maugh II, Times Staff Writers
The European Union threatened Thursday to boycott President Bush's climate summit in Hawaii next month if the United States didn't allow specific targets for carbon emission reduction to be included in a draft text being prepared at a summit here this week. The text is a "road map" for negotiations to replace the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, which expires in 2012. The latest draft calls for industrialized countries to reduce emissions 25% to 40% below 1990 levels by 2020. The U.S.
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