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Paterson Peeves Environmental Groups

Friday, March 06, 2009

Governor David Paterson's decision to reconsider a rule that would help reduce power plant emissions has infuriated good government and environmental groups. WNYC's Elaine Rivera reports. After privately meeting with energy industry representatives, Governor Paterson has agreed to take a look at a rule that was part of the 10-state Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. That initiative was established in 2005 to get power plants to emit less greenhouse gases. The disclosure that Paterson met with energy executives surprised environmentalists, who say if the governor revises the rule, he'll be moving backwards. They say they'll CHALLENGE any overhauls Paterson tries to make on behalf of the energy industry. A spokesman for Paterson says the governor remains committed to combating global warming but has the obligation to monitor and change any rules to make sure they're effective. The spokesman says any potential changes would come under public review. For WNYC, I'm Elaine Rivera

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