Monday, November 27, 2006

News notes: a Supreme Court showdown, and much more

A few items worth keeping in mind as we all recover from the long Thanksgiving weekend.

Supreme Showdown: The Supreme Court hears a landmark case this Wednesday on global warming. At issue: does the U.S. EPA have legal authority to regulate global warming pollution. This case could prove crucial in determining how and when greenhouse gas emissions are controlled. This case should also be of particular interest for California and the 10 other states that have adopted California’s global warming emission standards for motor vehicles. For more, see

Global Gasbagger: You may recall last summer that AP science correspondent Seth Borenstein wrote a fascinating piece about electric power industry attempts to raise money for Patrick Michaels, the Cato Institute senior fellow who is one of the “professional doubters” on global warming. Well, Michaels is back in action this week, given the proverbial soapbox by – who else? – the big polluters who make up the Western Business Roundtable and host an annual business festival of access buying.

Duke Dupers? The spin meisters at Duke Energy have been working overtime in recent weeks to green up the corporate image. (The company always says it favors doing something on global warming – until a specific bill comes up for a vote!) In case you missed it, over the recent holiday weekend, AP correspondent Pete Yost filed a most interesting story noting concerns that Duke’s lawyer tried to deceive the Supreme Court in its recent case on new source review.

Wood Worries: The New Haven Register has an interesting piece out today on the potential pollution dangers of outdoor wood boilers. (We have a copy of the report cited here if you’d like it.) Wood boilers pose an emerging pollution problem in states where they have begun to proliferate. You may recall we flagged this issue earlier after reports by the Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management (NESCAUM) and New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer.

This is potentially a good science piece that would be relevant in many states, especially in the Northeast, upper Midwest and parts of the West

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