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The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit will decide states and environmentalists’ case against EPA’s “close-out” of the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) emissions trading program without hearing oral argument, in what may be a bad omen for EPA’s chances of successfully defending the rule.

President Donald Trump and his aides are aggressively casting his administration’s rule to scrap state vehicle emissions standards not just as deregulation but also as part of a broader political war with California -- and rich elites -- in an apparent effort to retain or broaden support ahead of the 2020 election.

Progressive academics are urging Democratic presidential candidates to back calls to add more seats to the Supreme Court, charging that even if they win the 2020 election and are able to usher in sweeping climate change legislation, the current justices are “poised to strike down key aspects of any conceivable” climate law.

A coalition of 23 states and the District of Columbia is challenging the Trump administration’s final rule preempting California’s vehicle greenhouse gas standards, filing suit in district court even before the policy has been officially published in the Federal Register.

BOSTON -- The Trump administration’s bid to scrap the Obama-era Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction rule and replace it with a narrower policy could revive a “patchwork” of competing CWA standards it was designed to end, says a law professor, because the repeal will be litigated and likely blocked in some states, reinstating the 2015 rule there.

Rejecting Trump administration efforts to eliminate EPA regional program, the House transportation committee in a strong bipartisan vote has approved several bills to create new or reauthorize existing programs focused on regional waterbodies, seeking to provide Puget Sound and the San Francisco Bay with focused attention like the Chesapeake Bay and the Great Lakes.

EPA and the Transportation Department (DOT) are defending the legal basis for their just-issued rule revoking California’s power to set its own vehicle greenhouse gas limits, asserting the state is preempted by fuel economy law and lacks “compelling and extraordinary” conditions needed to receive such authority under the Clean Air Act.