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Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- June 15, 1998

Posted on behalf of Glenn Starnes <gstarnes@nemw.org>

Briefing on Manufacturing and Climate Change

     The Congressional and Senate Task Forces on Manufacturing on
Tuesday, June 16, are hosting a breakfast briefing to discuss the
technological approaches to reducing manufacturing emissions of
greenhouse gases, and the policies that could elicit those technologies.
     If the United States is to reach the missions reduction target set
in Kyoto, the manufacturing sector will have to reduce emissions by
80-100 MMTCE (million metric tons, carbon equivalent).  Manufacturing
emissions are currently just under 500 MMTCE, and are projected to reach
nearly 550 MMTCE by 2010.
     Innovation, specifically the devel-opment and diffusion of
low-emission technologies, may prepare the U.S. to reduce emissions at a
relatively low economic cost, and some analysts believe there are net
economic benefits to a high technology path.  At this briefing, five
experts will discuss the accuracy of this vision and the policy and
technology options for reducing CO2emission among manufacturers.
     Speakers will be: Joseph Romm, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office
of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy; Paul Cicio, Dow Chemical Co.;
Jeffrey Abboud, Gas Turbine Association; Robert Friedman, John C. Heinz
II Center for Science, Economics and the Environment; and Julie Fox
Gorte, Northeast-Midwest Institute.
     Contact: Julie Fox Gorte (544-5200).

Briefing on Upper Mississippi River Ecosystem Data

    The Upper Mississippi River Task Force on June 18 is sponsoring a
briefing on the science and computer technologies that were developed by
U.S. Geological Service scientists through the Environmental Management
Program (EMP).  This information is being used throughout the UMR system
to guide management decisions on everything from fish to migratory
waterfowl.  The June 18 briefing will begin at 9:30 am in room EF-100 of
the U.S. Capitol.
    This briefing offers members and staff an opportunity to see how the
EMP investment helps federal and state agencies, educators, industry,
and the general public obtain computerized access to a wide array of
biological, chemical, physical, and spatial data on the Upper
Mississippi River System.
    Federal agencies, such as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, as well as the five UMR basin states are
actively incorporating EMP data into their day-to-day decision making. 
Federal biologists also are developing a model approach for managing
migratory birds  a technique  that will be demonstrated.
    Participants in the briefing include: Carl Korschagen, supervisory
wildlife biologist, Upper Mississippi River Science Center; Norm
Hildrum, director of program operations, Environmental Management
Technical Center; and Lara Hill, refuge biologist, Upper Mississippi
River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge.
    Contact:  Jeff Stein with Congressman Ron Kind (225-5506).

Senators Endorse Energy Programs

    Thirty-one senators last week urged appropriators to fund the
Low-Income Weatherization Program, the State Energy Conservation
Program, and the Office of Industrial Technologies.  The letter was
spearheaded by Sens. Jim Jeffords (R-VT) and Daniel Patrick Moynihan
(D-NY), co-chairs of the Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition.

Glenn Starnes
Systems Manager
Northeast-Midwest Institute