E-NewsletterDecember 20, 2007 In This Issue:: Feature: UNFCCC COP 13 in Bali:: Letter from Eileen Claussen:: Congressional:: International:: Pew's Perspective:: States:: Business:: Pew Reports:: Donating to the Pew Center FeatureUnited Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change's 13th Annual Conference of the PartiesThe year ended with the close of the UNFCCC's Conference of the Parties in Bali, Indonesia.Delegates to the UN Climate Change Conference in Bali remained far apart on fundamental issues but in the end agreed to launch a loosely framed negotiating process with the ambitious goal of achieving a new global climate agreement in 2009.Summary of COP 13 and COP/MOP 3Pew Center Statement Letter from Eileen ClaussenThe Pew Center's President comments on the climate events of 2007. Congressional The Lieberman-Warner Climate Security Act becomes the first greenhouse gas cap-and-trade bill to be voted out of a Congressional committee. (December 5, 2007)Summary of the Debate and Vote in CommitteeThe Pew Center hosts a Congressional briefing on Greenhosue Gas Emissions Allowance Allocations with the generous support of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. (September 7, 2007)Allocation Briefing ProceedingsOther 2007 Congressional Climate EventsInternational Pew Forum on International Climate ActionThe Pew Center convenes a forum on international climate action on Capitol Hill. Representatives of China, the EU, and seven other countries participated in the event that preceded the Bush administration's Major Economies Meeting.(September 26, 2007)China Releases its First National Climate Change PlanPrepared by China's National Development and Reform Commission, the plan outlines China's strategy for addressing climate change and increasing public awareness. (June 4, 2007)Read the planRead Eileen Claussen's StatementOther 2007 International Climate Events Pew's Perspective Eileen Claussen is named to the Weather Channel's 2007 Forecast Earth Hot List. (December 8, 2007)Press ReleaseThe Pew Center contributes an article on The Road From Bali in a UNEP book volume. (December 2007)Judi Greenwald and Eileen Claussen publish a cap-and-trade vs. carbon tax op-ed in the Miami Herald. (July 12, 2007)Other 2007 Pew Speeches and Articles StatesThe Western Climate Initiative is FormedOn February 26, 2007, Governors establish the Western Climate Initiative, a joint effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and address climate change.Map of Regional InitiativesMap of States with Greenhouse Gas Emissions Targets Midwestern Regional Greenhouse Gas Reduction Accord Established Under the Accord, six states and one Canadian province agree to establish emissions reduction targets and to develop a multi-sector cap-and-trade system to help meet those targets. (November 15, 2007)Pew Center Statement Other 2007 States Climate NewsBusiness The Pew Center is Founding Member of United States Climate Action Partnership (USCAP)On January 22, the Pew Center joined together with other non-governmental organizations and businesses to form USCAP, calling on Congress to quickly enact strong national legislation to achieve significant reductions of greenhouse gas emissions. Membership has now grown to 27 corporations and 6 NGOs.A Call For ActionThree New Companies Join Pew's Business Environmental Leadership CouncilCiti, PNM Resources, and Travelers become new members to the Pew Center's Business Environmental Leadership Council.Other 2007 Business Climate Events Pew Reports and Publications Towards an Integrated Multi-Track Climate Framework (December 12, 2007) Regional Impacts of Climate Change: Four Case Studies in the United States (December 4, 2007) Coal Initiative (October 2007) Other 2007 Pew Center Reports and Publications Donating to the Pew CenterWe are at a critical juncture in the climate change debate. While it is clear that it while it will take decades to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to acceptable levels, it is equally clear that we must begin now. Your financial support will help us to continue to work toward environmentally effective and economically viable solutions to this time sensitive issue.