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Climate News Roundup

The Greener Side of Recession: In Saturday’s edition of the NYT, this writer reflects on a debate between an article from Finance Markets entitled “10 Ways Recession Can Help the Environment” and a Treehugger.com response arguing that a recession hurts clean investment and research and development for technologies.Appellate Panel Rejects E.P.A. Emission Limits: The EPA’s weak attempt to regulate mercury emissions is rejected by a court on the basis that legislation instructing the EPA calls for more stringent mercy reductions.

GM Chief Urges Auto Dealers to Oppose States’ Greenhouse Gas Limits — AP. General Motors Corp. Chairman and Chief Executive Rick Wagoner called on auto dealers Saturday to help the industry prevent states from forming their own auto emission rules, saying that the better course is one tough national standard. [JR — I would add “which is considerable easier/cheaper for GM to lobby against….]

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