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GM Prompts Early Skepticism Over EV Pledges Amid Biden Transition

Environmentalists and other experts see General Motors’ (GM) announcement that it will bolster investment in electric vehicles (EV) as a nod to the incoming Biden administration’s expected focus on climate policies, as well as to Wall Street’s increased interest in vehicle electrification, but are voicing early skepticism of the move.

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House Democrat’s bill aims for sustainable aviation fuel boost

Rep. Julia Brownley’s (D-CA) bill aims to boost use of sustainable aviation fuel, a liquid “drop in” fuel designed for use with existing aircraft and infrastructure, in order to cut aircraft greenhouse gas emissions.

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Biden Faces FERC With GOP Majority, Limiting Climate Policy Options

President-elect Joe Biden will take office likely facing a Republican majority on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) as the Senate is poised to approve two Trump nominees to the panel, a move that would likely limit the incoming administration’s near-term options to impose carbon-reduction requirements for the energy sector.

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Environmentalists threaten suit over California, Colorado ozone plans

The environmental groups Center for Biological Diversity and Center for Environmental Health say EPA has missed Clean Air Act deadlines to approve ozone plans and must act on them to reduce pollution.

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House Democrats press Trump to keep 'integrity' of national climate study

Several dozen House Democrats are urging President Donald Trump to “preserve the integrity” of the congressionally directed National Climate Assessment.

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Avoiding Legal Battle, EPA Drops Wood Stove Air Rule ‘Sell-Through’ Plan

EPA is dropping a controversial plan to finalize a proposed “sell-through” extended compliance period for wood heaters to meet tougher air emissions standards, a decision that retailers have warned will strand them with unsaleable merchandise but that will help the agency avoid a legal battle with states opposed to the plan.

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States Active On Climate Rules To Embrace Biden Officials As ‘Partners’

States that have taken more-aggressive action on climate change during the Trump era are weighing whether to reassess some measures in order to align them with the incoming Biden EPA, which is expected to launch a similarly ambitious regulatory agenda to limit greenhouse gases when it takes office in January.

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IMO Panel Approves Draft Shipping GHG Policies Critics Say Are Too Weak

An environmental panel of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the global body that sets regulatory standards for shipping, has approved draft policies to curb greenhouse gas emissions that environmentalists and some industry groups have criticized for being too weak, paving the way for formal adoption of the measures.

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4th Circuit Waiver Ruling Further Complicates EPA’s Future Plans For RFS

A federal appeals court ruling scrapping EPA’s denial of a renewable fuel standard (RFS) compliance waiver for a small West Virginia refiner further complicates the agency’s efforts to plan for the future of the RFS, creating new legal questions about dozens of pending waiver requests amid ongoing Supreme Court litigation over the waiver policy.

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Industry-environmentalist coalition urges passage of HFC deal

An industry and environmentalist coalition is urging lawmakers during the lame-duck session to enact long-pending bipartisan legislation that would give EPA new authority to phase down hydrofluorocarbons.

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