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  • Pawnfart
    Is Bush Planning Kyoto Clone for U.S.? by David Wojick (dwojick@shentel.net) Rumors are flying in Washington that the Bush administration will
    Message 1 of 702 , Feb 1, 2002
      Is Bush Planning Kyoto Clone for U.S.?<br><br>by
      David Wojick (dwojick@...)<br><br>Rumors are
      flying in Washington that the Bush administration will
      shortly propose a broad climate change action program as
      an alternative to the Kyoto Protocol. The plan is
      said to include voluntary carbon dioxide emission
      restrictions for power plants, as well as mandatory reporting
      of emission amounts.<br><br>CO2 emission
      restrictions are reported to be in the form of either target
      caps, or efficiency improvement targets, or both.
      According to one administration source, a 20 percent
      reduction in emissions by 2012, below a 2000 baseline, is
      being discussed. Since 2012 is the end of the first
      Kyoto compliance period, this proposal would be very
      close to the protocol target of 6 percent below 1990
      levels.<br><br>The CO2 restriction program is part of a complex
      package that includes New Source Review regulatory reform
      and a three-pollutant -- nitrogen oxides, sulfur
      dioxide, and mercury -- control proposal. The
      administration is on notice from Northeastern states and
      environmental groups that its NSR proposal will be denounced as
      a rollback of the Clean Air Act, and it apparently
      views the climate initiative as an offsetting
      gesture.<br><br>At an American Public Power Association meeting this
      week, James Connaughton, chairman of the White House
      Council on Environmental Quality, gave no indication that
      the administration was considering a major climate
      change proposal. However, he told Electricity Daily that
      he did not believe it would be accurate to
      characterize the administration´┐Żs climate plans, which he said
      are still under development, as the equivalent of the
      "no regrets" strategy that some have advocated. "We
      are going beyond that. No regrets implies that you
      are doing nothing, and our policy will be very
      proactive, and we will commit major resources toward it," he
      said.<br><br>The voluntary CO2 control program may also include
      emissions trading. As such it could be similar to the
      recently enacted British program for voluntary industry
      commitments to achieve Kyoto compliance. Germany also has a
      voluntary Kyoto program, but so far without trading. The
      European Union, however, is insisting that all member
      state programs for Kyoto compliance transition to
      mandatory controls by 2005. Japan is also reported to be
      aiming for a voluntary Kyoto program.<br><br>From
      Daily<br><a href=http://www.electricity-online.com target=new>http://www.electricity-online.com</a><br>February 1, 2002
    • b1blancer_29501
      On Feb 28th, the Interplanetary Magnetic Field swung to a strong south-pointing orientation. That, coupled with an elevated solar wind speed and density,
      Message 702 of 702 , Mar 1, 2002
        On Feb 28th, the Interplanetary Magnetic Field
        swung to a strong south-pointing orientation. That,
        coupled with an elevated solar wind speed and density,
        triggered a G-1 class geomagnetic storm. The result was
        some high latitude aurora. See this link for a
        photgraph of aurora observed over Quebec :
        <a href=http://www.spaceweather.com/aurora/images/01mar02/Moussette2.jpg target=new>http://www.spaceweather.com/aurora/images/01mar02/Moussette2.jpg</a> . As of right now, there are 3 sunspot regions,
        namely 9839, 9842, and 9845, that appear to be capable
        of producing M-class flares. Regions 9839 and 9842
        are close to rotating out of view over the western
        limb of the solar disk. Sunspot region 9845, however,
        is close to the sun's central meridian. A rather
        large coronal hole is also approaching the sun's
        central meridian, and coming into an Earth-pointing
        position. High speed colar wind gusts are likely around the
        first of next week.<br><br>The current solar and
        geomagnetic conditions are :<br><br>NOAA sunspot number :
        153<br>SFI : 188<br>A index : 10<br>K index : 1<br><br>Solar
        wind speed : 372.3 km/sec<br>Solar wind density : 4.4
        protons/cc<br>Solar wind pressure : 1.1 nPa<br><br>IMF : 8.4
        nT<br>IMF Orientation : 0.7 nT North<br><br>Conditions for
        the last 24 hours : <br>Solar activity was low. The
        geomagnetic field was quiet to unsettled. Stratwarm Alert
        exists Friday.<br><br>Forecast for the next 24 hours
        :<br>Solar activity will be low to moderate. The geomagnetic
        field will be quiet to unsettled.<br><br>Solar Activity
        Forecast :<br>Solar activity is expected to be low to
        moderate for the next three days. Region 9845 is a
        possible source for isolated M-class
        flares.<br><br>Geomagnetic activity forecast :<br>Geomagnetic field activity
        is expected to be mainly quiet to unsettled, until
        the onset of high speed stream effects from a
        recurrent coronal hole begin to develop by day three of the
        forecast period. Isolated active conditions are
        anticipated thereafter.<br><br>Recent significant solar flare
        activity :<br>None
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