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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.
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.
December 13, 2007 | Alan Zarembo and Thomas H. Maugh II, Times Staff Writers
As the United Nations climate conference here was drawing to its conclusion, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday acknowledged that the United States' goal of deleting specific emission reduction guidelines from a draft agreement had succeeded. "Realistically, it may be too ambitious if delegations would be expected to be able to agree on targets of greenhouse gas emission reductions" here in Bali, he told reporters.
December 8, 2007 | Tami Abdollah, Times Staff Writer
Backing up tough actions taken by Los Angeles-area ports, state regulators Friday enacted a strict air emission measure that will ban much of the current fleet of diesel trucks from all ports statewide. The California Air Resources Board will require all trucks to meet 2007 emission standards by 2014, an effort that mirrors a plan approved by the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.
November 16, 2007 | Marc Lifsher, Times Staff Writer
The Bush administration must write tougher fuel economy regulations for sport utility vehicles, minivans and pickup trucks that take into account greenhouse gas pollution, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday. The decision by judges of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals targeted a loophole that lets the top-selling vehicles, including Chevrolet Tahoe and Ford Expedition, get fewer miles per gallon of fuel than passenger cars.
October 8, 2007 | Judy Pasternak, Times Staff Writer
Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama today plans to propose spending $150 billion over 10 years on new clean-energy programs, including proposals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to develop new energy sources, according to senior campaign advisors. The energy package, which Sen. Obama (D-Ill.) is expected to outline in a speech at a library in Portsmouth, N.H.
October 3, 2007 | Margot Roosevelt, Times Staff Writer
State Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown, joining with national environmental groups, will petition the Bush administration today to crack down on global warming emissions from ocean-going vessels, which make more than 11,000 calls at California ports each year. The petition opens a new front in the battle by California and other states to force the federal government to regulate greenhouse gases. Until now, the focus had been on emissions from cars, trucks, power plants and other U.S.-based industries.
September 29, 2007 | James Gerstenzang, Times Staff Writer
washington -- President Bush, who took office skeptical about global warming, said Friday that the nations emitting the most greenhouse gases -- a group that includes the United States -- must reduce their pollution levels. But he also insisted on voluntary goals for such efforts, which he said could be met largely through new technology that would create "an age of clean energy." He set a two-year deadline for nations in a U.S.
September 26, 2007 | Judy Pasternak, Times Staff Writer
President Bush skipped the United Nations gathering on global warming for 80 world leaders in New York this week, and he had to be coaxed into attending the secretary-general's more intimate dinner on the subject. But now he is about to tackle climate change his way. Bush has called a meeting of his own in Washington of the 17 largest emitters of greenhouse gases.
August 23, 2007 | Margot Roosevelt, Times Staff Writer
Stepping in where the Bush administration has refused to tread, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and five other Western governors, joined by two Canadian provincial leaders, pledged Wednesday to enforce a tough regional cap on greenhouse gas emissions. Under the Western Climate Initiative, the leaders agreed to slash emissions of carbon dioxide and other climate-warming pollutants to 15% below 2005 levels in their states and provinces in the next 13 years.
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