Why it may be time to revisit the ins and outs of the Kyoto Protocol

Oct 20, 2006 | 10:53 AM | Scott Robertson

Public pressure to control greenhouse gas emissions is increasing, raising the potential for higher production costs for coke and steelmaking operations in the near future.

Peter H. Wyckoff, senior counsel with the Washington law firm of Pillsbury, Winthrop, Shaw & Pittman LLP, warns that a trend toward improved climate control is gaining steam in California and likely will soon move east to major industrial regions from Birmingham, Ala., to the Great Lakes—home to numerous coke and steel-producing operations.

"In the past three to six months, public opinion has shifted in favor of programs aimed at controlling greenhouse gas emissions," Wyckoff said during a presentation at Intertech-Pira Corp.'s Met Coke Summit 2006 in Philadelphia. "There are multiple indications of it, including in California, where Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, a program designed to get greenhouse gas emissions down to 1990 levels by the year 2020."....

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