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  Roundtable Says Land Bill Will Give Feds the Ability to Further Restrict Access to Millions of Acres in West

Lakewood, CO (Oct. 22, 2008) -- The Western Business Roundtable issued a warning today that legislation likely to be considered in the lame duck session of the 110th Congress could place millions acres of federal lands in the West under enhanced federal control, giving Washington bureaucrats even more control over land in the states and further restricting many forms of use and access to federal lands
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  Land to Open for Geothermal Work
Deseret News

Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne said Wednesday that the federal government plans to open 197 million acres of public land, including 18 areas in Utah, for geothermal development.

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  Electrical Grids Are Frail -- Roundtable Urges DOE To Assert EPAct05 Authorities To Help Improve Siting

The nation’s electricity transmission system is in need of critical upgrades to safeguard its reliability.  The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) can play a key role in resolving the crisis, but it must have the courage to fully implement the set of transmission-related authorities granted it under the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct05).  That is the message delivered to the Department by the Western Business Roundtable. 

The Roundtable, in comments filed with DOE, pointed a growing number of studies that indicate that to long-term capacity margins on the nation’s transmission systems are inadequate to protect these systems from interruptions such as brownouts or blackouts.

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  Conservation groups sue EPA over haze
The Denver Post

The lawsuit demands the agency force states to move on their obligation to clean up the pollution entering wilderness areas.

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  Roundtable Supports Tax Credit For CO2 Sequestration/Enhanced Oil Recovery

The Roundtable was part of a coalition effort which got enacted a new tax credit for carbon dioxide (CO2) capture/sequestration and enhanced oil recovery (EOR). The so-called “Section 45Q” credit will encourage the use of CO2 from power plants in EOR operations, as a way to finance large demonstration projects of CO2 capture and sequestration technologies. 

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  Western Climate Initiative Gets Strong Response From The Roundtable

The Western region has not been waiting for the feds to move forward on climate change initiatives.  Many states are already well underway with implementing various initiatives.  Most significant in 2008, has been the actions taken by the Western Climate Initiative (WCI).   The Roundtable is developing a detailed strategy plan in response. 

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  Mining Groups File Amicus With Supreme Court on Key CWA 404 Permit Case

The National Mining Association and 15 state mining associations have filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court urging the court to reverse a May 22, 2007, decision by the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit that invalidated a Clean Water Act (CWA) Section 404 permit for the discharge of mine tailings. The case is scheduled to be heard during the Supreme Court’s 2008 fall session.

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  Western Business Leaders Applaud ESA Rule Changes as Sensible "Clarifying" Revisions To Make Act Work As Intended

Lakewood, CO  (Oct. 14, 2008) --  The Western Business Roundtable today lauded the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service for proposing a rule to modernize the interagency consultation process under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

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  NextGen Energy Council Releases Report: Lights Out 2009?
NextGen Energy Council

See Lights Out 2009? A New Report From the NextGen Energy Council

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  Roundtable Reacts To WCI Cap-and-Trade Plan
Western Business Roundtable

The Western Business Roundtable reacts to the release of cap-and-trade program recommendations by the Western Climate Initiative.

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Clean WaterThe Roundtable supports policies that protect the West's water resources, both in terms of quality and quantity. To see our current initiatives in water policy, go here. Below are some of our latest initiatives.

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Public LandsThe Roundtable fights to maintain and expand access by the public to America's abundant public lands, especially when it comes to increasing America's energy independence and mineral security.  Go here to see all of our public lands access initiatives. Some of our latest are shown below.

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Energy SecurityThe Roundtable works for public policies that support greater energy security for America by increasing conservation, efficiency and the production of all energy resources, from renewables to fossil fuels to nuclear power.  Go here to see all of our current energy intiatives.  Several recent initiatives are shown below.

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Mineral SecurityMineral security is crucial to America's economic and national security, and the Roundable works to support greater production of strategic metals and minerals in the U.S.  Go here to see all of our current mineral security initiatives. A few of our more recent initiatives are shown below.

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