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NGOs are reportedly rallying in reaction to amendments circulated by the OPEC States to the Co-Chairs’ text on energy, transport and atmosphere. One NGO representative said the proposed amendments delete language stressing the importance of adopting a protocol or another legal instrument at FCCC COP-3 and add references to the inability to meet current commitments on lowering emissions and the adverse impacts on economic development. It also modifies language on increased investment in renewable energy research and the damaging impacts of fossil energy use by transportation systems.