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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 28, 2008
Two Southern California water providers have joined with six other agencies nationwide to form an alliance to promote the study of climate change and how water providers can adapt to it. The coalition includes the Metropolitan Water District, which imports water and sells it to water agencies serving 18 million people throughout Southern California. Members also include water providers for Denver, New York City, Portland, Ore., San Diego County, San Francisco, Seattle and southern Nevada.
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BUSINESS
December 26, 2007 | Elizabeth Douglass, Times Staff Writer
Can an oil refiner double fuel production and cut greenhouse gas emissions at the same time? The task is so daunting that no U.S. refiner has even attempted it. But Jeff Morris is proposing to do exactly that with the two Southern California refineries his company bought last year. Morris is chief executive of Alon USA Energy Inc., which purchased Paramount Petroleum Corp. and Edgington Oil Co. for a combined $460 million.
NATIONAL
December 21, 2007 | David G. Savage, Times Staff Writer
Environmentalists voiced confidence Thursday that California's bid to strictly limit greenhouse gases will survive a regulatory veto from the Bush administration, but the state's legal challenge first will have to go through an appeals court that tilts in favor of the federal government and industry. Often, those who want to sue can choose where to file their claims.
BUSINESS
December 13, 2007 | Ken Bensinger, Times Staff Writer
In a major defeat for automakers, a federal judge in Fresno ruled Wednesday that California could set its own standards on greenhouse-gas emissions from vehicles. But the state still needs permission from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to implement the rules. "Both EPA and California . . . are equally empowered through the Clean Air Act to promulgate regulations that limit the emissions of greenhouse gases, principally carbon dioxide, from motor vehicles," U.S.
BUSINESS
December 5, 2007 | Margot Roosevelt, Times Staff Writer
Charging the Bush administration with a "gross dereliction of duty," California Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown said he would petition the Environmental Protection Agency today to crack down on rising aircraft emissions that contribute to global warming. "This is a battering ram," said Brown, who is joined in his petition by four states, New York City, the District of Columbia and Southern California air pollution officials. "Climate change is the most important environmental issue facing the U.S.
NATIONAL
November 29, 2007 | James Gerstenzang, Times Staff Writer
The Bush administration reported a small drop in greenhouse gas emissions for the United States last year, the first decline since 2001, but the emissions still represented a sizable increase over the last decade and a half. The gases, including carbon dioxide, are widely blamed for global warming. The Energy Information Administration said that in 2006 the United States released 1.5% fewer tons than in 2005.
BUSINESS
October 20, 2007 | Marc Lifsher, Times Staff Writer
California will sue the Bush administration next week in a bid to force the Environmental Protection Agency to allow the state to issue greenhouse gas regulations for automobiles. The lawsuit, which would make good on a threat made six months ago by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, will demand that federal regulators give California a waiver under the U.S. Clean Air Act, as they've done dozens of times for similar air pollution controls. "The governor has made his intention clear.
BUSINESS
October 6, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
Automakers said they would appeal a ruling by a federal judge in Vermont that said states could regulate greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles. The industry, represented by the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, has argued that federal law preempts state rules in the regulation of fuel economy standards. The trade group represents nine automakers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 12, 2007 | Tim Reiterman, Times Staff Writer
SAN FRANCISCO -- Taking a new tack in his statewide campaign against global warming, California Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown announced a settlement Tuesday that requires ConocoPhillips to spend $10 million to offset greenhouse gases created by a proposed $600-million expansion of its East Bay refinery. Brown told a news conference that the accord was believed to be the first time an oil refinery in the United States had agreed to mitigate increased carbon emissions from an expansion project.
NATIONAL
August 12, 2007 | Judy Pasternak, Times Staff Writer
washington -- At the World Bank -- heavily influenced by its largest shareholder, the United States -- the effect of projects on climate change is not even calculated. Bank environment officials pressed to account for emissions in the mid- to late-'90s and again in an unpublished paper in 2002, and only now, five years later, are attempting again.
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