<html xmlns:v="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:vml" xmlns:o="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" xmlns:w="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:word" xmlns:m="http://schemas.microsoft.com/office/2004/12/omml" xmlns="http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40" xmlns:ns0="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags"> <p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-family:"Book Antiqua","serif";mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";color:black'>&nbsp; </span><span style='font-family:"Book Antiqua","serif"; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:Arial; color:black'><o:p></o:p></span></p> <div> <div style='border:solid windowtext 1.0pt;mso-border-alt:solid windowtext .5pt; padding:1.0pt 4.0pt 1.0pt 4.0pt'> <div style='mso-element:para-border-div;border:solid windowtext 1.0pt; mso-border-alt:solid windowtext .5pt;padding:1.0pt 4.0pt 1.0pt 4.0pt'> <p class=MsoTitle style='margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;border:none; mso-border-alt:solid windowtext .5pt;padding:0in;mso-padding-alt:1.0pt 4.0pt 1.0pt 4.0pt'><span style='font-size:8.0pt;font-family:"Book Antiqua","serif";mso-bidi-font-family: Arial;color:black'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoTitle style='margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;border:none; mso-border-alt:solid windowtext .5pt;padding:0in;mso-padding-alt:1.0pt 4.0pt 1.0pt 4.0pt'><strong><span style='font-size:16.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'>AGRICULTURE ALERT  ACTION ITEM</span></strong><strong><span style='font-size:16.0pt; font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"'><o:p></o:p></span></strong></p> <p class=MsoTitle style='margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;border:none; mso-border-alt:solid windowtext .5pt;padding:0in;mso-padding-alt:1.0pt 4.0pt 1.0pt 4.0pt'><strong><span style='font-size:16.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'>WEATHER MODIFICATION &amp; MITIGATION<o:p></o:p></span></strong></p> <p class=MsoTitle style='margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;border:none; mso-border-alt:solid windowtext .5pt;padding:0in;mso-padding-alt:1.0pt 4.0pt 1.0pt 4.0pt'><strong><span style='font-size:16.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'>BILLS SET FOR PASSAGE EARLY IN 2009<o:p></o:p></span></strong></p> <p class=MsoTitle style='margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align:justify; border:none;mso-border-alt:solid windowtext .5pt;padding:0in;mso-padding-alt: 1.0pt 4.0pt 1.0pt 4.0pt'><span style='font-size:8.0pt;font-family:"Book Antiqua","serif"'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoTitle style='margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align:justify; border:none;mso-border-alt:solid windowtext .5pt;padding:0in;mso-padding-alt: 1.0pt 4.0pt 1.0pt 4.0pt'><strong><span style='font-size:14.0pt;font-family: "Arial","sans-serif";color:black'>One or more experimental weather modification/mitigation bills could be passed by the </span></strong><strong><span style='font-size:14.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"'><ns0:country-region><span style='color:black'>U.S.</span></ns0:country-region><span style='color:black'> Senate or the </span><ns0:country-region><ns0:place><span style='color:black'>U.S.</span></ns0:place></ns0:country-region><span style='color:black'> House of Representatives early in January 2009.<span style='mso-spacerun:yes'> </span>It is time to take action and use this toll free number 1-866-220-0044 (Eastern Time), to contract your Senators and </span><ns0:country-region><span style='color:black'>U.S.</span></ns0:country-region><span style='color:black'> Representatives in </span><ns0:place><ns0:City><span style='color:black'>Washington</span></ns0:City><span style='color:black'>, </span><ns0:State><span style='color:black'>D.C.</span></ns0:State></ns0:place></span></strong><strong><span style='font-size:14.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";mso-bidi-font-family: "Times New Roman"'><o:p></o:p></span></strong></p> <p class=MsoTitle style='margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align:justify; border:none;mso-border-alt:solid windowtext .5pt;padding:0in;mso-padding-alt: 1.0pt 4.0pt 1.0pt 4.0pt'><span style='font-size:8.0pt;font-family:"Book Antiqua","serif"'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> </div> </div> <p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:8.0pt;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial; color:black'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='text-align:justify'><span style='font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'>California Senator Boxer, Connecticut Senator Lieberman, Nevada Senate Leader Reid, Texas Senator Hutchison, and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi intend to drive Climate Change Legislation (Cap &amp; Trade Bills), through Congress early in January 2009.<span style='mso-spacerun:yes'> </span><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='text-align:justify'><span style='font-size:8.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;color:black'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='text-align:justify'><span style='font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'>NOAA (U.S. Department of Commerce), lists more than sixty current and ongoing weather modification programs being implemented across the </span><span style='font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"'><ns0:country-region><ns0:place><span style='color:black'>United States</span></ns0:place></ns0:country-region><span style='color:black'> on a yearly basis.<span style='mso-spacerun:yes'> </span>In addition to the programs listed by NOAA, there are private, university, military, and ongoing government sponsored atmospheric testing and heating programs underway in </span><ns0:State><span style='color:black'>Alaska</span></ns0:State><span style='color:black'> and across the </span><ns0:country-region><ns0:place><span style='color:black'>United States</span></ns0:place></ns0:country-region><span style='color:black'>.<o:p></o:p></span></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='text-align:justify'><span style='font-size:8.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;color:black'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='text-align:justify'><strong><span style='font-size: 11.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'>Artificial weather modification can impact all of us by chemically polluting our water supplies, changing agricultural crop production cycles and micro-climates, reducing crop production, and water availability.<span style='mso-spacerun:yes'> </span>Since most experimental weather modification programs use chemicals released into the atmosphere the public could be subjected to increasingly toxic or unknown substances that could adversely impact agricultural crops, pollute drinking water supplies, and cause declining tree health.</span></strong><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'><span style='mso-spacerun:yes'> </span><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='text-align:justify'><span style='font-size:8.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;color:black'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='text-align:justify'><span style='font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'>If the weather is changed in one state, region or county it changes local micro-climates needed for agricultural crop production. These changes can cause dramatic shifts in weather conditions in other locations both nearby and thousands of miles away.<span style='mso-spacerun:yes'> </span>And who is going to decide the type of weather modification experimentation and who will benefit or suffer from the adverse consequences of these programs? Who will be responsible for studying the synergistic effects of these programs or pay for unintended disasters created by this experimentation?<span style='mso-spacerun:yes'> </span>If these programs change growing seasons and interrupt the pollination process crop losses could be substantial.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='text-align:justify'><span style='font-size:8.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;color:black'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='text-align:justify'><span style='font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'>The following bills were slated to be passed by the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives in 2008:<span style='mso-spacerun:yes'> </span>(Most of these bills will be reintroduced with new bill numbers in 2009.)<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='text-align:justify'><span style='font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'>U.S. Senate Bill 1807<span style='mso-tab-count:2'> </span></span><span style='font-size: 11.0pt;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;color:black'><a href="http://www.govtrack.us/congress/billtext.xpd?bill=s110-1807" title="http://www.govtrack.us/congress/billtext.xpd?bill=s110-1807"><span style='font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"'>http://www.govtrack.us/congress/billtext.xpd?bill=s110-1807</span></a><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='text-align:justify'><span style='font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'>U.S. Senate Bill 2191<span style='mso-tab-count:2'> </span></span><span style='font-size: 11.0pt;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;color:black'><a href="http://www.govtrack.us/congress/billtext.xpd?bill=s110-2191" title="http://www.govtrack.us/congress/billtext.xpd?bill=s110-2191"><span style='font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"'>http://www.govtrack.us/congress/billtext.xpd?bill=s110-2191</span></a></span><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'><span style='mso-spacerun:yes'> </span><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='text-align:justify'><span style='font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'>U.S. Senate Bill 3036<span style='mso-tab-count:2'> </span></span><span style='font-size: 11.0pt;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;color:black'><a href="http://www.govtrack.us/congress/billtext.xpd?bill=s110-3036" title="http://www.govtrack.us/congress/billtext.xpd?bill=s110-3036"><span style='font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"'>http://www.govtrack.us/congress/billtext.xpd?bill=s110-3036</span></a></span><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'><span style='mso-spacerun:yes'> </span><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='text-align:justify'><span style='font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'>U.S. House Bill 3445<span style='mso-tab-count:2'> </span></span><span style='font-size: 11.0pt;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;color:black'><a href="http://www.govtrack.us/congress/billtext.xpd?bill=h110-3445" title="http://www.govtrack.us/congress/billtext.xpd?bill=h110-3445"><span style='font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"'>http://www.govtrack.us/congress/billtext.xpd?bill=h110-3445</span></a><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='text-align:justify'><span style='font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"'><ns0:country-region><ns0:place><span style='color:black'>U.S.</span></ns0:place></ns0:country-region><span style='color:black'> House Draft Bill  Congressman Dingell<o:p></o:p></span></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='text-align:justify;text-indent:.5in'><span style='font-size:11.0pt;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;color:black'><a href="http://energycommerce.house.gov/Climate_Change/CLIM08_001_xml.pdf" title="http://energycommerce.house.gov/Climate_Change/CLIM08_001_xml.pdf"><span style='font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"'>http://energycommerce.house.gov/Climate_Change/CLIM08_001_xml.pdf</span></a><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='text-align:justify;text-indent:.5in'><span style='font-size:8.0pt;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;color:black'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <div style='border:none;border-bottom:double windowtext 2.25pt;padding:0in 0in 1.0pt 0in'> <div style='mso-element:para-border-div;border:none;border-bottom:double windowtext 2.25pt; padding:0in 0in 1.0pt 0in'> <p class=MsoNormal style='text-align:justify;text-indent:.5in;border:none; mso-border-bottom-alt:double windowtext 2.25pt;padding:0in;mso-padding-alt: 0in 0in 1.0pt 0in'><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'>Included in Climate Security and Climate Change Legislation will be Cap &amp; Trade Bills which will be more Stock Market Schemes designated as:<span style='mso-spacerun:yes'> </span>Cap &amp; Trade Bills under the heading of climate security acts.<o:p></o:p></span></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='text-align:justify;text-indent:.5in;border:none; mso-border-bottom-alt:double windowtext 2.25pt;padding:0in;mso-padding-alt: 0in 0in 1.0pt 0in'><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><span style='font-size:11.0pt;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;color:black'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='text-align:justify;text-indent:.5in;border:none; mso-border-bottom-alt:double windowtext 2.25pt;padding:0in;mso-padding-alt: 0in 0in 1.0pt 0in'><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><span style='font-size:11.0pt;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;color:black'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='text-align:justify;text-indent:.5in;border:none; mso-border-bottom-alt:double windowtext 2.25pt;padding:0in;mso-padding-alt: 0in 0in 1.0pt 0in'><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><span style='font-size:11.0pt;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;color:black'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='text-align:justify;text-indent:.5in;border:none; mso-border-bottom-alt:double windowtext 2.25pt;padding:0in;mso-padding-alt: 0in 0in 1.0pt 0in'><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><span style='font-size:11.0pt;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;color:black'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='text-align:justify;text-indent:.5in;border:none; mso-border-bottom-alt:double windowtext 2.25pt;padding:0in;mso-padding-alt: 0in 0in 1.0pt 0in'><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><span style='font-size:11.0pt;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;color:black'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='text-align:justify;text-indent:.5in;border:none; mso-border-bottom-alt:double windowtext 2.25pt;padding:0in;mso-padding-alt: 0in 0in 1.0pt 0in'><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><span style='font-size:11.0pt;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;color:black'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></b></p> </div> </div> <p class=MsoNormal style='text-align:justify'><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight: normal'><span style='font-size:11.0pt;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;color:black'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=center style='text-align:center'><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight: normal'><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"; color:black'> BUYING &amp; SELLING THE RIGHT TO POLLUTE <o:p></o:p></span></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=center style='text-align:center'><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight: normal'><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"; color:black'>THE CAP &amp; TRADE SCAM<o:p></o:p></span></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=center style='text-align:center'><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight: normal'><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"; color:black'>Oceans, Forests &amp; Taxpayers - Victims of  Offsets &amp; Money Market Shell Games<o:p></o:p></span></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=center style='text-align:center;text-indent:.5in'><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family: "Arial","sans-serif";color:black'>By Rosalind Peterson<o:p></o:p></span></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=center style='text-align:center'><span style='font-size:11.0pt;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;color:black'><a href="http://newswithviews.com/Peterson/rosalind113.htm" title="http://newswithviews.com/Peterson/rosalind113.htm"><span style='font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"'>http://newswithviews.com/Peterson/rosalind113.htm</span></a><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><o:p></o:p></b></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=center style='text-align:center'><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight: normal'><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"; color:black'>October 8, 2008<o:p></o:p></span></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=center style='text-align:center'><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight: normal'><span style='font-size:11.0pt;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;color:black'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='text-align:justify'><span style='font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"'><ns0:place><span style='color:black'>Forest</span></ns0:place><span style='color:black'> lands and our oceans are becoming the newest victims of high-stakes money market shell games. Forest offsets are already being sold in </span><ns0:State><ns0:place><span style='color:black'>California</span></ns0:place></ns0:State><span style='color:black'> or used as a lure for venture capital investments. Venture capitalists are awaiting the pending passage of the Climate Security Act of 2007 (U.S. Senate Bills 2191 and 3036 supported by Senators Lieberman and Boxer), and other related bills, to begin reaping huge financial market benefits supported by </span><ns0:country-region><ns0:place><span style='color:black'>United States</span></ns0:place></ns0:country-region><span style='color:black'> taxpayers.<span style='mso-spacerun:yes'> </span><o:p></o:p></span></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='text-align:justify'><span style='font-size:8.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;color:black'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='text-align:justify'><span style='font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'>According to an extensive article in the San Francisco Chronicle dated September 7, 2008,  & Early buyers of California forest offsets have included high-profile politicians and businesses, such as Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and the Pacific Gas &amp; Electric Company&  <span style='mso-spacerun:yes'> </span>Why did they purchase these offsets?<span style='mso-spacerun:yes'> </span> & <u>Governor Schwarzenegger and Speaker Pelosi bought relatively small amounts in 2007, to offset emissions from some of their air travel.</u><span style='mso-spacerun:yes'> </span>Other buyers have included carbon trading firms such as Natsource and CantorCO2e, a division of the financial services firm Cantor Fitzgerald&  <span style='mso-spacerun:yes'> </span><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='text-align:justify'><span style='font-size:8.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;color:black'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='text-align:justify'><span style='font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'>Shouldn t Speaker Pelosi and Governor Schwarzenegger be introducing legislation to make jet fuel emissions less polluting and to stop jets from flying at altitudes where their persistent jet contrails turn into man-made clouds that, according to NASA studies, exacerbate global warming and climate change? (NASA stated in an October 2005, newsletter based on their research studies, that increasingly persistent jet contrails turn into man-made clouds that are  & trapping warmth in the atmosphere and exacerbating global warming&  <span style='mso-spacerun:yes'> </span>NASA goes on to state that  & any change in global cloud cover may contribute to long-term changes in Earth s climate.<span style='mso-spacerun:yes'> </span>Contrails, especially persistent contrails, represent a human-caused increase in the Earth s cloudiness, and are likely to be affecting climate and ultimately our natural resources&  )<span style='mso-spacerun:yes'> </span><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='text-align:justify'><span style='font-size:8.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;color:black'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='text-align:justify'><span style='font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'>Where is the legislation from California Governor Schwarzenegger, a true  Cap &amp; Trade promoter, and Speaker Pelosi designed to protect our oceans and marine life from artificial iron fertilization proposed by </span><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"'><ns0:State><ns0:place><span style='color:black'>California</span></ns0:place></ns0:State><span style='color:black'> companies, Planktos Science and CLIMOS, that produces harmful algae blooms?<span style='mso-spacerun:yes'> </span>Why aren t they enacting legislation that would fine polluters and reduce air pollution?<span style='mso-spacerun:yes'> </span>It appears that they are only interested in  buying their own personal right to pollute .<o:p></o:p></span></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='text-align:justify'><span style='font-size:8.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;color:black'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='text-align:justify'><span style='font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'>In addition, logging is to start in </span><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"'><ns0:PlaceName><span style='color:black'>Jackson</span></ns0:PlaceName><span style='color:black'> </span><ns0:PlaceName><span style='color:black'>State</span></ns0:PlaceName><span style='color:black'> </span><ns0:PlaceName><span style='color:black'>Demonstration</span></ns0:PlaceName><span style='color:black'> </span><ns0:PlaceType><span style='color:black'>Forest</span></ns0:PlaceType><span style='color:black'> in </span><ns0:place><ns0:City><span style='color:black'>Mendocino County</span></ns0:City><span style='color:black'>, </span><ns0:State><span style='color:black'>California</span></ns0:State></ns0:place><span style='color:black'>, next year.<span style='mso-spacerun:yes'> </span>If trees are so beneficial to the health of our environment then why haven t Governor Schwarzenegger and Speaker Pelosi joined forces to put forward legislation to protect this wilderness area?<span style='mso-spacerun:yes'> </span>The Press Democrat on September 4, 2008, noted that this forest is home to ancient Redwoods, part of our old growth forest habitat, and a recreation area. It is </span><ns0:State><ns0:place><span style='color:black'>California</span></ns0:place></ns0:State><span style='color:black'> s largest state forest and was  & established in 1947 to demonstrate sustainable forestry management&  <o:p></o:p></span></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='text-align:justify'><span style='font-size:8.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;color:black'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='text-align:justify'><span style='font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'>The San Francisco Chronicle stated that Pacific Gas &amp; Electric Company (PG&amp;E) is:  & The biggest buyer so far (of offsets)& PG&amp;E made its purchase as part of its ClimateSmart program, in which homeowners and businesses can choose to add a small fee to their monthly utility bill to counterbalance emissions from their gas and electricity usage& Both the price and the demand for forest offsets could grow as the United States takes steps to combat climate change. </span><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"'><ns0:State><ns0:place><span style='color:black'>California</span></ns0:place></ns0:State><span style='color:black'> is currently developing a  cap and trade system&  <u>that allows polluters to pollute more through the purchase of emission carbon credits or offsets.<span style='mso-spacerun:yes'> </span><o:p></o:p></u></span></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='text-align:justify'><u><span style='font-size:8.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;color:black'><o:p><span style='text-decoration:none'>&nbsp;</span></o:p></span></u></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='text-align:justify'><span style='font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"'><ns0:State><ns0:place><span style='color: black'>California</span></ns0:place></ns0:State><span style='color:black'> corporate competitors, PLANKTOS Science and CLIMOS, both plan to fertilize the oceans, creating artificial  for profit algae blooms harmful to our oceans and marine life.<span style='mso-spacerun:yes'> </span>This allows them to sell offsets or carbon credits to individuals and corporations that want to exceed pollution limits.<span style='mso-spacerun:yes'> </span>Venture capitalist funding is flooding into offset development corporations as these capitalists seek a way to make a fortune selling ocean fertilization offsets, forest offsets, and other offset project credits to polluters through money market schemes.<o:p></o:p></span></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='text-align:justify'><span style='font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'>Our elected officials are so in love with the sing-song words  cap and trade that they are echoing this catchy phrase across the country. Even our presidential candidates use the phrase which is used without a clear definition.<span style='mso-spacerun:yes'> </span> We will cap emissions they say, at some high level and then allow anyone who wants to pollute above that level to purchase pollution credits.<span style='mso-spacerun:yes'> </span>And our elected officials will pass legislation that will cost the taxpayer money by charging more for goods and services to fund allowing polluters to pollute more. <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='text-align:justify'><span style='font-size:8.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;color:black'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='text-align:justify'><span style='font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'>A quick read of Senator Boxer or Lieberman s<span style='mso-spacerun:yes'> </span>Climate Security Acts of 2007, detail in depth how the banks will be enriched, along with the taxpayer fleecing), to pay to fund a private corporation called the Climate Change Credit Corporation which will establish emission allowances and sell emission credits to polluters.<span style='mso-spacerun:yes'> </span>According to this Act  & the Corporation shall not be considered to be an agency or establishment of the Federal Government&  <span style='mso-spacerun:yes'> </span>It is run by an easily corrupted <span style='mso-bidi-font-weight:bold'>Carbon Market Efficiency Board</span> which will not have public or congressional oversight.<span style='mso-spacerun:yes'> </span><u>This  bait and switch game is not a complicated scheme& however, its environmental consequences are enormous.<o:p></o:p></u></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='text-align:justify'><span style='font-size:8.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;color:black'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='text-align:justify'><span style='font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'>This Corporate Board will determine emissions allowances by polluting corporations or other entities and then require them to purchase offsets if they exceed these pollution levels.<span style='mso-spacerun:yes'> </span>These offsets can be purchased from either </span><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"'><ns0:country-region><ns0:place><span style='color:black'>U.S.</span></ns0:place></ns0:country-region><span style='color:black'> or foreign greenhouse gas emissions trading markets.<span style='mso-spacerun:yes'> </span>The perfect  bait and switch scheme.<o:p></o:p></span></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='text-align:justify'><span style='font-size:8.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;color:black;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='text-align:justify'><span style='font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'>The  purpose of this subtitle (2601), is to  & establish a Carbon Market Efficiency Board to ensure the implementation and maintenance of a stable, functioning, and efficient market in emission allowances... <u>The real goal of this bill is to establish an efficient money market scheme to make sure that polluters have all of the emission allowances and credits they need in order to keep polluting at current or higher levels.<span style='mso-spacerun:yes'> </span></u><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='text-align:justify'><span style='font-size:8.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;color:black'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='text-align:justify'><span style='font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'>The  bait , in this  Bait &amp; Switch scheme, is that air pollution that is causing climate change and global warming is being reduced and that the profits from selling offsets may or may not be given to solar and other clean energy development.<span style='mso-spacerun:yes'> </span>The  switch is that emission offsets and allowances will be sold to polluters allowing them to pollute more while enriching venture capitalists and corporations selling offsets.<span style='mso-spacerun:yes'> </span>The  patsy in the scheme is the American taxpayer and the taxes they will pay at every level.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='text-align:justify'><span style='font-size:8.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;color:black'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='text-align:justify'><span style='font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'>The  end result is that corporations will pollute more& our oceans will be iron fertilized everywhere producing harmful algae blooms for private profit to sell pollution allowances to polluters.<span style='mso-spacerun:yes'> </span>It makes perfect sense only to those who would benefit from these money market schemes.<span style='mso-spacerun:yes'> </span></span><span style='font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"'><ns0:country-region><ns0:place><span style='color:black'>U.S.</span></ns0:place></ns0:country-region><span style='color:black'> and State legislation is in the wings waiting to be passed.<span style='mso-spacerun:yes'> </span>Your voice is needed because their lobbyists have descended on </span><ns0:place><ns0:City><span style='color:black'>Washington</span></ns0:City><span style='color:black'>, </span><ns0:State><span style='color:black'>D.C.</span></ns0:State></ns0:place><span style='color:black'>, and many states to get this legislation passed.<span style='mso-spacerun:yes'> </span>Senators Boxer and Lieberman need only five more votes in the U.S. Senate to pass the Climate Security Act this year (U.S. Senate Bills 2191 or 3036).<o:p></o:p></span></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='text-align:justify'><span style='font-size:8.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;color:black'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='text-align:justify'><span style='font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'>An independent </span><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"'><ns0:place><ns0:City><span style='color:black'>Shasta County</span></ns0:City><span style='color:black'>, </span><ns0:State><span style='color:black'>California</span></ns0:State></ns0:place><span style='color:black'> resident was recently approached to place his Douglas Fir trees in an offset program.<span style='mso-spacerun:yes'> </span>He said:<span style='mso-spacerun:yes'> </span> No, why would I want to sell emissions offsets to polluters whose increasing pollution will eventually kill my trees? <span style='mso-spacerun:yes'> </span>The solution is not  buying and selling the right to pollute , it is reducing air pollution at is source.<span style='mso-spacerun:yes'> </span><span style='mso-tab-count:1'> </span>End<o:p></o:p></span></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='text-align:justify'><span style='font-size:8.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;color:black'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <div style='border:none;border-bottom:double windowtext 2.25pt;padding:0in 0in 1.0pt 0in'> <div style='mso-element:para-border-div;border:none;border-bottom:double windowtext 2.25pt; padding:0in 0in 1.0pt 0in'> <p class=MsoNormal style='text-align:justify;border:none;mso-border-bottom-alt: double windowtext 2.25pt;padding:0in;mso-padding-alt:0in 0in 1.0pt 0in'><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family: "Arial","sans-serif";color:black'>Rosalind Peterson E-Mail: </span></b><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'><a href="mailto:info@californiaskywatch.com" title="mailto:info@californiaskywatch.com">info@californiaskywatch.com</a></span><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family: "Arial","sans-serif";mso-fareast-font-family:Calibri;color:black'><o:p></o:p></span></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='text-align:justify;text-indent:.5in;border:none; mso-border-bottom-alt:double windowtext 2.25pt;padding:0in;mso-padding-alt: 0in 0in 1.0pt 0in'><span style='font-size:11.0pt;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial; color:black'><a href="http://newswithviews.com/Peterson/rosalind3.htm" title="http://newswithviews.com/Peterson/rosalind3.htm"><span style='font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"'>http://newswithviews.com/Peterson/rosalind3.htm</span></a></span><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family: "Arial","sans-serif";color:black'><span style='mso-spacerun:yes'> </span>(for more information)<o:p></o:p></span></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='text-align:justify;text-indent:.5in;border:none; mso-border-bottom-alt:double windowtext 2.25pt;padding:0in;mso-padding-alt: 0in 0in 1.0pt 0in'><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'>Website: californiaskywatch.com<o:p></o:p></span></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='text-align:justify;border:none;mso-border-bottom-alt: double windowtext 2.25pt;padding:0in;mso-padding-alt:0in 0in 1.0pt 0in'><span style='font-size:11.0pt;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;color:black'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> </div> </div> <p class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto; text-align:justify;line-height:18.0pt'><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'>WARNING& The FDA is not protecting the public and it is time that we protect ourselves from these toxic chemical experiments on our children from toxic baby bottles.<o:p></o:p></span></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-left:.5in;text-align:justify;text-indent:-.5in'><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family: "Arial","sans-serif";color:black'>1)<span style='mso-tab-count:1'> </span>New York Times September 6, 2008 Canned Goods, Water Bottles &amp; Baby Bottle Chemical Warning:<span style='mso-tab-count:1'> </span></span></b><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/06/opinion/06sat4.html?_r=1&amp;th=&amp;oref=slogin&amp;emc=th&amp;pagewanted=print" title="http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/06/opinion/06sat4.html?_r=1&amp;th=&amp;oref=slogin&amp;emc=th&amp;pagewanted=print"><span style='color:black'>http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/06/opinion/06sat4.html?_r=1&amp;th=&amp;oref=slogin&amp;emc=th&amp;pagewanted=print</span></a><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-left:.5in;text-align:justify;text-indent:-.5in'><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><span style='font-size:8.0pt;mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;color:black'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-top:2.25pt;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto; margin-left:.5in;text-align:justify;mso-outline-level:1'><b><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black; mso-font-kerning:18.0pt'>That Plastic Baby Bottle &amp; Liners for Canned Goods<span style='mso-tab-count:1'> </span></span></b><span style='font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'> What do you do when one arm of the government says everything is O.K. and another tells you to watch out? That is what is happening with <b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>bisphenol-A </b> a chemical used in many plastics and epoxy resins now found in baby bottles and liners for canned goods. The answer is a truism in every family rulebook  when in doubt, especially when it comes to children, err on the side of caution. That means it is a good idea to keep the young away from bisphenol-A, or BPA& Then this week, the <b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>National Toxicology Program, the federal agency for toxicological research, reported that their research shows  some concern about the effects of BPA on the brain development and behavior of fetuses and young children. A new study by the </b></span><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"'><ns0:place><ns0:PlaceName><span style='color:black'>Yale</span></ns0:PlaceName><span style='color:black'> </span><ns0:PlaceType><span style='color:black'>School</span></ns0:PlaceType></ns0:place><span style='color:black'> of Medicine is cause for even more concern. In tests on primates, researchers found that BPA  causes the loss of connections between brain cells that could cause memory or learning problems and depression&  <span style='mso-spacerun:yes'> </span><o:p></o:p></span></span></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='text-align:justify'><span style='font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black;mso-font-kerning:18.0pt; mso-bidi-font-weight:bold'>2)<span style='mso-tab-count:1'> </span></span><span style='color:black'><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='text-align:justify'><span style='font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black;mso-font-kerning:18.0pt; mso-bidi-font-weight:bold'><span style='mso-tab-count:1'> </span></span><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'><a href="http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/09/07/MNQN11LLL6.DTL&amp;type=printable" title="http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/09/07/MNQN11LLL6.DTL&amp;type=printable">http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/09/07/MNQN11LLL6.DTL&amp;type=printable</a></span><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri;color:black'><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=listparagraph style='margin-top:0in;margin-right:0in;margin-bottom: 10.0pt;margin-left:.5in'><span style='font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"; color:black'>San Francisco Chronicle September 7, 2008  </span><span style='font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"'><ns0:State><ns0:place><span style='color:black'>California</span></ns0:place></ns0:State><span style='color:black'><span style='mso-spacerun:yes'> </span> State s Private Forests Sell Carbon Offsets&  <span style='mso-spacerun:yes'> </span>Page 1 (Continued on Page 12  No Link provided by the Chronicle.) </span></span><span style='font-family:"Book Antiqua","serif";mso-bidi-font-family:Arial; color:black'><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='text-align:justify'><span style='font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'>3)<span style='mso-tab-count: 1'> </span></span><span style='font-size:11.0pt;mso-bidi-font-family: Arial;color:black'><a href="http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/object/article?o=2&amp;f=/c/a/2008/09/07/MNQN11LLL6.DTL" title="http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/object/article?o=2&amp;f=/c/a/2008/09/07/MNQN11LLL6.DTL"><span style='font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"'>http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/object/article?o=2&amp;f=/c/a/2008/09/07/MNQN11LLL6.DTL</span></a><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-left:.5in;text-align:justify'><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'>San Francisco Chronicle September 7, 2008  </span><span style='font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"'><ns0:place><ns0:PlaceName><span style='color:black'>California</span></ns0:PlaceName><span style='color:black'><span style='mso-spacerun:yes'> </span></span><ns0:PlaceType><span style='color:black'>Forest</span></ns0:PlaceType></ns0:place><span style='color:black'> Trees  Carbon Offset Tree Graph.<o:p></o:p></span></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-left:.5in;text-align:justify'><span style='font-size:11.0pt;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;color:black'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='text-align:justify'><span style='font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'>4)<span style='mso-tab-count: 1'> </span></span><span style='font-size:11.0pt;mso-bidi-font-family: Arial;color:black'><a href="http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/object/article?o=1&amp;f=/c/a/2008/09/07/MNQN11LLL6.DTL" title="http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/object/article?o=1&amp;f=/c/a/2008/09/07/MNQN11LLL6.DTL"><span style='font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"'>http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/object/article?o=1&amp;f=/c/a/2008/09/07/MNQN11LLL6.DTL</span></a><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-left:.5in;text-align:justify'><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'>San Francisco Chronicle September 7, 2008  </span><span style='font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"'><ns0:State><ns0:place><span style='color: black'>California</span></ns0:place></ns0:State><span style='color:black'> <span style='mso-tab-count:1'> </span> In the Garcia River forest, Evan Smith, works for the Conservation Fund (Brant Ward / The Chronicle) <o:p></o:p></span></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='text-align:justify'><span style='font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'>5)<span style='mso-tab-count: 1'> </span></span><span style='font-size:11.0pt;mso-bidi-font-family: Arial;color:black'><a href="http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/object/article?o=0&amp;f=/c/a/2008/09/07/MNQN11LLL6.DTL" title="http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/object/article?o=0&amp;f=/c/a/2008/09/07/MNQN11LLL6.DTL"><span style='font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"'>http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/object/article?o=0&amp;f=/c/a/2008/09/07/MNQN11LLL6.DTL</span></a><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='text-align:justify'><span style='font-size:8.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;color:black'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=listparagraph style='margin-top:0in;margin-right:0in;margin-bottom: 10.0pt;margin-left:.5in'><span style='font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"; color:black'>San Francisco Chronicle September 7, 2008  </span><span style='font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"'><ns0:State><span style='color:black'>California</span></ns0:State><span style='color:black'><span style='mso-tab-count:1'> </span> The Garcia River forest in </span><ns0:PlaceName><span style='color:black'>Mendocino</span></ns0:PlaceName><span style='color:black'> </span><ns0:PlaceType><span style='color:black'>County</span></ns0:PlaceType><span style='color:black'> is one of two private </span><ns0:State><ns0:place><span style='color:black'>California</span></ns0:place></ns0:State><span style='color:black'> forests that have been certified as sources of offsets. (Brant Ward / The Chronicle) </span></span><span style='font-family:"Book Antiqua","serif"; mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;color:black'><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='text-align:justify'><span style='font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'>6)<span style='mso-tab-count: 1'> </span></span><span style='font-size:11.0pt;mso-bidi-font-family: Arial;color:black'><a href="http://www1.pressdemocrat.com/article/20080904/NEWS/809040364" title="http://www1.pressdemocrat.com/article/20080904/NEWS/809040364"><span style='font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"'>http://www1.pressdemocrat.com/article/20080904/NEWS/809040364</span></a><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-left:.5in;text-align:justify'><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'>The Press Democrat  Mendocino County, California Logging to Resume in Jackson State Demonstration Forest<span style='mso-spacerun:yes'> </span>-<span style='mso-spacerun:yes'> </span>September 4, 2008 - California s largest state forest.<span style='mso-spacerun:yes'> </span><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-left:.5in;text-align:justify'><span style='font-size:8.0pt;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;color:black'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoBodyText style='margin-top:0in;margin-right:0in;margin-bottom:0in; margin-left:.5in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-indent:-.5in'><strong><span style='mso-bidi-font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'>7)<span style='mso-tab-count:1'> </span></span></strong><span style='mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt;font-family:"Book Antiqua","serif";mso-bidi-font-family:Arial; color:black'><a href="http://www.govtrack.us/congress/billtext.xpd?bill=s110-3036" title="http://www.govtrack.us/congress/billtext.xpd?bill=s110-3036"><strong><span style='font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"'>http://www.govtrack.us/congress/billtext.xpd?bill=s110-3036</span></strong></a></span><strong><span style='mso-bidi-font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'><span style='mso-spacerun:yes'> </span></span></strong><strong><span style='mso-bidi-font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"'><ns0:country-region><ns0:place><span style='color:black'>U.S.</span></ns0:place></ns0:country-region><span style='color:black'> Senate Bill 3036 Text</span></span></strong><strong><span style='mso-bidi-font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";mso-bidi-font-family: "Times New Roman"'><o:p></o:p></span></strong></p> <p class=MsoBodyText style='margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><span style='font-size:8.0pt;font-family:"Book Antiqua","serif"'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoBodyText style='margin-top:0in;margin-right:0in;margin-bottom:0in; margin-left:.5in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-indent:-.5in'><strong><span style='mso-bidi-font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'>8)<span style='mso-tab-count:1'> </span></span></strong><span style='mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt;font-family:"Book Antiqua","serif";mso-bidi-font-family:Arial; color:black'><a href="http://www.govtrack.us/congress/billtext.xpd?bill=s110-2191" title="http://www.govtrack.us/congress/billtext.xpd?bill=s110-2191"><strong><span style='font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"'>http://www.govtrack.us/congress/billtext.xpd?bill=s110-2191</span></strong></a></span><strong><span style='mso-bidi-font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'><span style='mso-spacerun:yes'> </span></span></strong><strong><span style='mso-bidi-font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"'><ns0:country-region><ns0:place><span style='color:black'>U.S.</span></ns0:place></ns0:country-region><span style='color:black'> Senate Bill 2191 Text</span></span></strong><strong><span style='mso-bidi-font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";mso-bidi-font-family: "Times New Roman"'><o:p></o:p></span></strong></p> <p class=MsoBodyText style='margin-top:0in;margin-right:0in;margin-bottom:0in; margin-left:.5in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-indent:-.5in'><span style='font-size:8.0pt;font-family:"Book Antiqua","serif"'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='text-align:justify'><span style='font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'>9)<span style='mso-tab-count: 1'> </span></span><span style='font-size:11.0pt;mso-bidi-font-family: Arial;color:black'><a href="http://www.climos.com/about.html" title="http://www.climos.com/about.html"><span style='font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"'>http://www.climos.com/about.html</span></a></span><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'><span style='mso-tab-count:2'> </span>CLIMOS 2008<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=listparagraph style='margin-top:0in;margin-right:0in;margin-bottom: 10.0pt;margin-left:.5in'><span style='font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"; color:black'>Iron Fertilization of our Oceans  Will produce artificial algae blooms.</span><span style='font-family:"Book Antiqua","serif";mso-bidi-font-family: Arial;color:black'><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p style='text-align:justify'><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"; color:black'>10)<span style='mso-tab-count:1'> </span><a href="http://earth2tech.com/2008/08/21/planktos-corp-closes-shop-planktos-science-funded/" title="http://earth2tech.com/2008/08/21/planktos-corp-closes-shop-planktos-science-funded/">http://earth2tech.com/2008/08/21/planktos-corp-closes-shop-planktos-science-funded/</a><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='text-align:justify'><span style='font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'>11)<span style='mso-tab-count: 1'> </span></span><span style='font-size:11.0pt;mso-bidi-font-family: Arial;color:black'><a href="http://earth2tech.com/2008/07/07/planktos-is-back-and-this-time-its-got-science/" title="http://earth2tech.com/2008/07/07/planktos-is-back-and-this-time-its-got-science/"><span style='font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"'>http://earth2tech.com/2008/07/07/planktos-is-back-and-this-time-its-got-science/</span></a><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='text-align:justify'><b><span style='font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'><span style='mso-tab-count:1'> </span><span style='mso-spacerun:yes'></span></span></b><b><span style='font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"'><ns0:City><ns0:place><span style='color:black'>Los Angeles</span></ns0:place></ns0:City><span style='color:black'> Times April 1, 2007  Carbon Trading Won t Work <o:p></o:p></span></span></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='text-align:justify'><b><span style='font-size:11.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;color:black'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-left:.5in;text-align:justify;text-indent:-.5in'><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'>12)<span style='mso-tab-count:1'> </span></span><span style='color:black'><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-left:.5in;text-align:justify;text-indent:-.5in'><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'><span style='mso-tab-count:1'> </span></span><span style='font-size:11.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;color:black'><a href="http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/sunday/commentary/la-opdorsey1apr01,0,7611817.story?coll=la-sunday-commentary" title="http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/sunday/commentary/la-opdorsey1apr01,0,7611817.story?coll=la-sunday-commentary"><span style='font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"'>http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/sunday/commentary/la-opdorsey1apr01,0,7611817.story?coll=la-sunday-commentary</span></a></span><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black; mso-bidi-font-weight:bold'><span style='mso-spacerun:yes'> </span><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=adtitlebox style='margin-top:0in;margin-right:0in;margin-bottom:0in; margin-left:.5in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align:justify'><span style='font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'>The </span><span style='font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"'><ns0:City><span style='color:black'>Vancouver</span></ns0:City><span style='color:black'> Sun Article:<span style='mso-spacerun:yes'> </span>June 19, 2007<span style='mso-spacerun:yes'> </span>Planktos  Plans to </span><ns0:place><ns0:PlaceName><span style='color:black'>Alter</span></ns0:PlaceName><span style='color:black'> </span><ns0:PlaceType><span style='color:black'>Ocean</span></ns0:PlaceType><span style='color:black'> </span><ns0:PlaceName><span style='color:black'>Chemistry</span></ns0:PlaceName><span style='color:black'> </span><ns0:PlaceName><span style='color:black'>Hits</span></ns0:PlaceName><span style='color:black'> </span><ns0:PlaceName><span style='color:black'>Rough</span></ns0:PlaceName><span style='color:black'> </span><ns0:PlaceType><span style='color:black'>Seas</span></ns0:PlaceType></ns0:place><span style='color:black'> <o:p></o:p></span></span></p> <p class=adtitlebox style='margin-top:0in;margin-right:0in;margin-bottom:0in; margin-left:.5in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align:justify;text-indent:-.5in'><span style='font-size:8.0pt;font-family:"Book Antiqua","serif";mso-bidi-font-family: Arial;color:black'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=adtitlebox style='margin-top:0in;margin-right:0in;margin-bottom:0in; margin-left:.5in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align:justify;text-indent:-.5in'><span style='font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'>13)<span style='mso-tab-count: 1'> </span></span><span style='font-family:"Book Antiqua","serif"; mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;color:black'><a href="http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/story.html?id=9712fc39-561f-4dd8-b4e1-ad6c6e0487d1&amp;p=1" title="http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/story.html?id=9712fc39-561f-4dd8-b4e1-ad6c6e0487d1&amp;p=1"><span style='font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"'>http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/story.html?id=9712fc39-561f-4dd8-b4e1-ad6c6e0487d1&amp;p=1</span></a></span><span style='font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'><span style='mso-spacerun:yes'> </span>Page 1<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=adtitlebox style='margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align:justify'><span style='font-size:8.0pt;font-family:"Book Antiqua","serif";mso-bidi-font-family: Arial;color:black'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=adtitlebox style='margin-top:0in;margin-right:0in;margin-bottom:0in; margin-left:.5in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align:justify;text-indent:-.5in'><span style='font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold'>14)<span style='mso-tab-count:1'> </span></span><span style='font-family:"Book Antiqua","serif"; mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;color:black'><a href="http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/story.html?id=9712fc39-561f-4dd8-b4e1-ad6c6e0487d1&amp;p=2" title="http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/story.html?id=9712fc39-561f-4dd8-b4e1-ad6c6e0487d1&amp;p=2"><span style='font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"'>http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/story.html?id=9712fc39-561f-4dd8-b4e1-ad6c6e0487d1&amp;p=2</span></a></span><span style='font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'><span style='mso-spacerun:yes'> </span>Page 2<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p style='margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align:justify'><span style='font-size:8.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='text-align:justify'><span style='font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'>15) <span style='mso-tab-count: 1'> </span>September 5, 2008 AP New Writer Burke California Sequoia Trees  Climate Change<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='text-align:justify'><span style='font-size:11.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;color:black'><a href="http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/C/CLIMATE_CHANGE_SEQUOIAS?SITE=CAGRA&amp;SECTION=HOME&amp;TEMPLATE=DEFAULT" title="http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/C/CLIMATE_CHANGE_SEQUOIAS?SITE=CAGRA&amp;SECTION=HOME&amp;TEMPLATE=DEFAULT"><span style='font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"'>http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/C/CLIMATE_CHANGE_SEQUOIAS?SITE=CAGRA&amp;SECTION=HOME&amp;TEMPLATE=DEFAULT</span></a></span><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'><span style='mso-spacerun:yes'> </span><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='text-align:justify'><span style='font-size:8.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;color:black'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='text-align:justify'><span style='font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'>16)<span style='mso-tab-count: 1'> </span><a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2008/sep/12/carbonemissions.carbonoffsetprojects" title="http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2008/sep/12/carbonemissions.carbonoffsetprojects">http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2008/sep/12/carbonemissions.carbonoffsetprojects</a><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='text-align:justify'><span style='font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'><span style='mso-tab-count:1'> </span> Permit to Pollute <span style='mso-spacerun:yes'> </span>September 12, 2008<span style='mso-spacerun:yes'> </span>Guardian.co.uk<span style='mso-spacerun:yes'> </span>(Emission Credits  Cap &amp; Trade Schemes)<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='text-align:justify'><span style='font-size:8.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;color:black'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='text-align:justify'><span style='font-size:8.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;color:black'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='text-align:justify'><span style='font-size:8.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;color:black'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='text-align:justify'><span style='font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'>17)<span style='mso-tab-count: 1'> </span><a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment" title="http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment">http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment</a><span style='mso-tab-count:1'> </span>September 12, 2008 Guardian.co.uk by David Adam<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto; margin-left:.5in;text-align:justify'><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family: "Arial","sans-serif";color:black'> & A flagship European scheme designed to fight global warming is set to hand hundreds of millions of pounds to some of </span><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"'><ns0:country-region><ns0:place><span style='color:black'>Britain</span></ns0:place></ns0:country-region><span style='color:black'>'s most polluting companies, with little or no benefit to the environment, an investigation by the Guardian has revealed. Dozens of multinational firms stand to benefit from the windfall, which comes from the over-allocation of carbon permits under the European emissions trading scheme&  <o:p></o:p></span></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto; margin-left:.5in;text-align:justify;text-indent:-.5in'><span style='font-size: 11.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'>18)<span style='mso-tab-count: 1'> </span> A Permit to Print Money by Oliver Tickell<span style='mso-tab-count:1'> </span>September 12, 2008:<span style='mso-spacerun:yes'> </span> & Far from incentivising emissions cuts, the EU's carbon trading scheme provides a grotesque subsidy for the biggest polluters&  </span><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"; color:blue;mso-no-proof:yes'> </span><span style='font-size:11.0pt;mso-bidi-font-family: Arial;color:black'><a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2008/sep/12/carbonemissions.climatechangehttp:/www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2008/sep/12/carbonemissions.climatechange" title="http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2008/sep/12/carbonemissions.climatechangehttp:/www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2008/sep/12/carbonemissions.climatechange"><span style='font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"'>http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2008/sep/12/carbonemissions.climatechangehttp://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2008/sep/12/carbonemissions.climatechange</span></a></span><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'><span style='mso-spacerun:yes'> </span><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p style='margin-left:.5in;text-align:justify'><span style='font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'> & There is a &quot;magical logic&quot; in the way hundreds of billions of pounds' worth of carbon allowances are given away to polluting companies& That company& was given twice as many allowances  tradable pollution permits created by the EU's Emission Trading System (<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_Union_Emission_Trading_Scheme" title="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_Union_Emission_Trading_Scheme">EUETS</a>)  as it actually needs to cover its own emissions. The remainder it will sell in the </span><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"'><ns0:country-region><ns0:place><span style='color:black'>UK</span></ns0:place></ns0:country-region><span style='color:black'>'s dynamic carbon market, receiving a multimillion-pound windfall profit&  <o:p></o:p></span></span></p> <p style='margin-left:.5in;text-align:justify'><span style='font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'> & But in the looking-glass world of the EUETS, the &quot;polluters pays&quot; principle is replaced by its mirror image  the &quot;polluters get paid&quot; principle& But the biggest winners of all are the biggest polluters, the power companies, which benefit to the tune of 30bn per year. According to energy regulator Ofgem, the </span><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"'><ns0:country-region><ns0:place><span style='color:black'>UK</span></ns0:place></ns0:country-region><span style='color:black'>'s power companies will receive a 9bn windfall profit from their free allowances between 2008 and 2012. And now a broader range of industrial companies are cashing in on the carbon bonanza& Moreover, the system effectively bars new players in any industry that would have to buy all their allowances  creating unshakeable established monopolies& More fundamentally, we must recognise that the EUETS allowances are a form of money  tradable instruments like, for example, government bonds issued by the Treasury&  <span style='mso-spacerun:yes'> </span><o:p></o:p></span></span></p> <p style='text-align:justify'><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"; color:black'>19)<span style='mso-tab-count:1'> </span><a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2008/sep/12/emissionstrading.carboncapturestorage" title="http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2008/sep/12/emissionstrading.carboncapturestorage">http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2008/sep/12/emissionstrading.carboncapturestorage</a><o:p></o:p></span></p> <h1 style='margin-top:0in;margin-right:0in;margin-bottom:0in;margin-left:.5in; margin-bottom:.0001pt'><span style='font-size:12.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:black'> & Q&amp;A: The European emissions trading scheme<span style='mso-tab-count:1'> </span>-<span style='mso-spacerun:yes'> </span>What the ETS is and why it doesn't work, yet&  by David Adam September 12, 2008 <span style='mso-tab-count:1'> </span> & </span><strong><span style='font-size: 12.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";color:black;font-weight:normal'>What is the European emissions trading scheme (ETS)? </span></strong><span style='font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:black'>The world's first large-scale carbon trading market, set up in 2005 under the </span><span style='font-size:12.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"'><ns0:City><ns0:place><span style='color:black'>Kyoto</span></ns0:place></ns0:City><span style='color:black'> protocol as a way to use the market to reduce industry pollution& . <o:p></o:p></span></span></h1> <p style='text-align:justify'><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"; color:black'>20)<span style='mso-tab-count:1'> </span><a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2008/aug/10/emissionstrading.utilities" title="http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2008/aug/10/emissionstrading.utilities">http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2008/aug/10/emissionstrading.utilities</a><span style='mso-spacerun:yes'> </span>August 10, 2008<o:p></o:p></span></p> <h1 style='margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><span style='font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:black'><span style='mso-tab-count:1'> </span>Guardian.uk.co<span style='mso-tab-count:1'> </span> Fuel firms set for 11bn windfall in CO2 trading <span style='mso-spacerun:yes'> </span>by Time Webb<o:p></o:p></span></h1> <p style='margin-left:.5in;text-align:justify'><span style='font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'> & Energy companies are set to scoop even bigger windfall profits from emissions trading than originally predicted& Hard-pressed consumers could end up bankrolling most of this windfall through higher fuel bills& The European trading scheme was introduced to reduce industry's carbon emissions Companies are given free permits giving them the right to emit a fixed amount of carbon. They have to buy additional permits on the carbon markets to pollute more, or pay a penalty&  or they can sell their credits for a profit. <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p style='margin-left:.5in;text-align:justify'><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight: normal'><u><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"; color:black'>The United States Senate is set to pass Senators Lieberman and Boxer Climate Security Act (2191 or 3036), that would take the United States down this same path giving taxpayers one more financial market headache.<o:p></o:p></span></u></b></p> <p style='text-align:justify'><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"; color:black;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold'>21)<span style='mso-tab-count:1'> </span><b>New York Times&nbsp;&nbsp; September 15, 2008<span style='mso-spacerun:yes'> </span>Another Cap &amp; Trade Market Scheme Benefits Polluters.<o:p></o:p></b></span></p> <p style='margin-left:.5in;text-align:justify'><span style='font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/16/us/16carbon.html?_r=1&amp;th=&amp;adxnnl=1&amp;oref=slogin&amp;emc=th&amp;adxnnlx=1221566613-6uFEmTi5wTntI6N23Bf11A" title="http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/16/us/16carbon.html?_r=1&amp;th=&amp;adxnnl=1&amp;oref=slogin&amp;emc=th&amp;adxnnlx=1221566613-6uFEmTi5wTntI6N23Bf11A">http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/16/us/16carbon.html?_r=1&amp;th=&amp;adxnnl=1&amp;oref=slogin&amp;emc=th&amp;adxnnlx=1221566613-6uFEmTi5wTntI6N23Bf11A</a><b><o:p></o:p></b></span></p> <p style='margin-left:.5in;text-align:justify'><span style='font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold'>&quot;...The program is due to get off the ground in nine days, but already there are worries that it may fail to reduce pollution substantially in the Northeast, undermining a concept that is being watched carefully by the rest of the country, by Congress and by European regulators...The states will set their own limits, with each issuing tradable permits, or allowances, for carbon pollution. On Sept. 25, utilities will start bidding at auction for allowances, which they can later sell...He also noted that the market was also  not going to produce a lot of emission reductions as long as the supply of allowances outstrips utilities need...A dirtier plant can buy additional allowances in the secondary market, but it may be expensive  or it can just find a way to cut its pollution. Conversely, a cleaner utility can sell its unneeded allowances...The carbon market follows a three-year-old European experiment, the first of its kind, that provoked widespread criticism, both because it provided windfall profits for industry and because it did little to control heat-trapping emissions...&quot;<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p style='margin-left:.5in;text-align:justify;text-indent:-.5in'><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'>22)<span style='mso-tab-count:1'> </span>The Hill Newspaper reported on Wednesday, October 8, 2008, that a new 461 page  Cap &amp; Trade bill had been unveiled by two House Democrats:<span style='mso-spacerun:yes'> </span>House Energy &amp; Commerce Committee Chairman John Dingell and Energy &amp; Air Quality Subcommittee Chairman Rick Boucher.<span style='mso-spacerun:yes'> </span>According to the article by Jim Snyder:<span style='mso-spacerun:yes'> </span> & Part of the impetus for the release of the bills seems to be to head off a separate effort at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to cut emissions through federal regulation, an option made available last year when the Supreme Court ruled that the EPA had the authority, under the Clean Water Act, to address global warming&  <span style='mso-spacerun:yes'> </span><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>All of us should work to defeat this bill. <o:p></o:p></b></span></p> <p style='margin-left:.5in;text-align:justify;text-indent:-.5in'><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'>23)<span style='mso-tab-count:1'> </span><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/24/nyregion/24offset.html?ref=science&amp;pagewanted=print" title="http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/24/nyregion/24offset.html?ref=science&amp;pagewanted=print">http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/24/nyregion/24offset.html?ref=science&amp;pagewanted=print</a><b><o:p></o:p></b></span></p> <h1 style='margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-indent:.5in'><span style='font-size:12.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";color:black'>New York Times<span style='mso-tab-count:1'> </span>Port Authority to Let Commuters Buy Emissions Credits  October 24, 2008<o:p></o:p></span></h1> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-left:.5in;text-align:justify'><b><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'>By </span></b><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'><a href="http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/people/b/ken_belson/index.html?inline=nyt-per" title="http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/people/b/ken_belson/index.html?inline=nyt-per">KEN BELSON</a><b><span style='mso-tab-count:1'> </span></b>Drivers who commute by car between New York and New Jersey can assuage their guilt by buying credits from the <a href="http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/organizations/p/port_authority_of_new_york_and_new_jersey/index.html?inline=nyt-org" title="http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/organizations/p/port_authority_of_new_york_and_new_jersey/index.html?inline=nyt-org">Port Authority of New York and New Jersey</a> to offset their vehicles carbon emissions.<b><span style='mso-tab-count:1'> </span></b>At a board meeting on Thursday, the Port Authority announced that it had approved a measure to pay five companies a total of $2.5 million to set up a carbon offset program for the agency.<b><span style='mso-tab-count:1'> </span></b>A Web site where drivers and airline passengers can buy credits to offset carbon emissions they create <a href="http://graphics8.nytimes.com/packages/pdf/nyregion/20081022_Carbon_Calculator.pdf" title="http://graphics8.nytimes.com/packages/pdf/nyregion/20081022_Carbon_Calculator.pdf">will be activated in early 2009</a>.<b><span style='mso-tab-count:1'> </span></b>Money from the carbon-offset credits is typically used to plant trees, build windmills, install solar panels and take other measures that may help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.<b><span style='mso-tab-count:1'> </span></b>The announcement came <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/21/nyregion/21carbon.html?_r=1&amp;scp=1&amp;sq=ken%20belson%20offset%20port%20authority&amp;st=cse&amp;oref=slogin" title="http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/21/nyregion/21carbon.html?_r=1&amp;scp=1&amp;sq=ken belson offset port authority&amp;st=cse&amp;oref=slogin">six months after the agency said</a> it would establish an offset program, the first of its kind in the </span><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"'><ns0:country-region><ns0:place><span style='color:black'>United States</span></ns0:place></ns0:country-region><span style='color:black'> by a toll-collecting agency.<b><o:p></o:p></b></span></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto; margin-left:.5in;text-align:justify;line-height:18.0pt'><span style='font-size: 11.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'>The program is part of the Port Authority s plan to become carbon neutral by 2010. The agency also wants to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions it generates by 80 percent by 2050.<span style='mso-tab-count:1'> </span> We re deeply committed to being in the national forefront in developing environmentally sustainable practices at our airports, seaports, tunnels and bridges, Anthony R. Coscia, the chairman of the Port Authority, said in a statement. <span style='mso-tab-count:1'> </span>To meets its carbon emission targets, the Port Authority will make <a href="http://www.panynj.gov/COMMUTINGTRAVEL/airports/html/stewart.html" title="http://www.panynj.gov/COMMUTINGTRAVEL/airports/html/stewart.html">Stewart International Airport</a> in Orange County, N.Y., a  carbon-negative airport, install energy-efficient L.E.D. lighting at the Holland Tunnel and the George Washington Bridge, build a geothermal-powered building at <a href="http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/subjects/k/kennedy_international_airport_nyc/index.html?inline=nyt-classifier" title="http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/subjects/k/kennedy_international_airport_nyc/index.html?inline=nyt-classifier">Kennedy International Airport</a> and spend $60 million to buy and preserve environmentally sensitive land for public use. <span style='mso-spacerun:yes'> </span>End<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto; margin-left:.5in;text-align:justify;line-height:18.0pt'><span style='font-size: 11.0pt;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;color:black'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <div style='border:none;border-bottom:double windowtext 2.25pt;padding:0in 0in 1.0pt 0in'> <div style='mso-element:para-border-div;border:none;border-bottom:double windowtext 2.25pt; padding:0in 0in 1.0pt 0in;background:#E5E5E5'> <p class=MsoNormal style='text-align:justify;background:#E5E5E5;border:none; mso-border-bottom-alt:double windowtext 2.25pt;padding:0in;mso-padding-alt: 0in 0in 1.0pt 0in'><span style='color:black'>&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></span></p> </div> </div> <p style='text-align:justify'><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></b></p> <p style='margin-left:.5in;text-align:justify;text-indent:-.5in'><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'>26)<span style='mso-tab-count:1'> </span><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/26/business/26pollute.html?fta=y&amp;pagewanted=print" title="http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/26/business/26pollute.html?fta=y&amp;pagewanted=print">http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/26/business/26pollute.html?fta=y&amp;pagewanted=print</a><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='text-align:justify'><span style='font-size:11.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;color:black'><span style='mso-tab-count:1'> </span></span><span style='color:black'><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='text-align:justify'><b><span style='font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'>September 26, 2008<o:p></o:p></span></b></p> <h1 style='margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><span style='font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:black'>First Auction of Pollution Rights <o:p></o:p></span></h1> <p class=MsoNormal style='text-align:justify'><b><span style='font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'>By THE NEW YORK TIMES<o:p></o:p></span></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto; text-align:justify;line-height:18.0pt'><span style='font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'> The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, an effort by 10 Northeastern states to combat <a href="http://topics.nytimes.com/top/news/science/topics/globalwarming/index.html?inline=nyt-classifier" title="http://topics.nytimes.com/top/news/science/topics/globalwarming/index.html?inline=nyt-classifier">climate change</a>, held its first auction of pollution rights on Thursday. <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto; text-align:justify;line-height:18.0pt'><span style='font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'>The program caps the amount of carbon dioxide that power plants can emit, forcing utilities to buy allowances to pollute. Not all utilities participated in the auction. The prices and number of allowances sold will not be known until Monday. <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto; text-align:justify;line-height:18.0pt'><span style='font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'>Critics have charged the program will have little benefit in the near term, because the emissions cap is too generous. </span><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"'><ns0:City><span style='color:black'>New York</span></ns0:City><span style='color:black'>, </span><ns0:State><span style='color:black'>New Jersey</span></ns0:State><span style='color:black'>, </span><ns0:State><span style='color:black'>Delaware</span></ns0:State><span style='color:black'> and </span><ns0:State><ns0:place><span style='color:black'>New Hampshire</span></ns0:place></ns0:State><span style='color:black'> did not issue allowances in this first quarterly auction but will participate in the future. <o:p></o:p></span></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto; text-align:justify;line-height:18.0pt'><span style='font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'>Seven Western states and four Canadian provinces have outlined a global warming plan. Participants on both coasts hope to prod Congress into passing a national trading system. <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto; text-align:justify;line-height:18.0pt'><span style='font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'>Thanks to:<br> <a href="http://www.californiaskywatch.com/" title="http://www.californiaskywatch.com/">http://<span style='font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"'>www.californiaskywatch.com</span></a></span><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'> </span><span style='color:black'><o:p></o:p></span></p> </div> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:12.0pt'><span style='font-family:"Book Antiqua","serif"; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:black'><br style='mso-special-character: line-break'> <![if !supportLineBreakNewLine]><br style='mso-special-character:line-break'> <![endif]><o:p></o:p></span></p> <div id=f78b0394bb7cf568edb402b1bcf0718> <div class=MsoNormal align=center style='margin-top:7.5pt;text-align:center'><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";color:black'> <hr size=2 width="100%" align=center> </span></div> </div> </div> </body> </html>