Officials fear federal rules may weaken state-based climate programs

04/8/2010 | Boston Globe (tiered subscription model), The

New England officials are concerned that the compromise climate-and-energy bill being crafted in the Senate could undermine the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a market-based program to curb greenhouse-gas emissions from power plants in 10 Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states. State environmental chiefs and attorneys general and 14 senators wrote to the legislators crafting the bill, asking that states retain authority to regulate greenhouse gases. State officials worry that language in the bill could force states to weaken climate rules to match federal policy.

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