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New York’s Cuomo signs sweeping climate targets

The new law requires the Empire State to achieve “net zero” carbon emissions across the entire economy by 2050, a target that is one of the most ambitious in the country.

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Democrats, Environmentalists Seek To Embrace EJ in GHG Policies

Democrats, mainstream environmental groups and equity organizations are redoubling their efforts to bridge long-standing divisions that seek to address both environmental justice concerns and climate change policy ahead of the 2020 election and possible legislation that could be advanced afterward.

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Small refiners threaten lawsuit to force RFS waiver decisions

The small refiners’ legal threat ramps up pressure on EPA as the agency reconsiders its policy on renewable fuel standard compliance waivers.

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Air Trends Offer New Fodder For Fight Over Trump Environment Record

The latest EPA air quality trends report is providing a vehicle for the Trump administration to cite decades of air quality improvements predating its tenure as a political antidote to criticism of its deregulatory agenda, even as observers are citing a number of details in the report itself that point to some more troubling recent pollution trends.

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House Republicans Remain Hostile To Democrats’ Scientific Integrity Bill

House Republicans are showing little interest in supporting a bill being crafted by Rep. Paul Tonko (D-NY) that seeks to codify scientific integrity requirements at EPA and other agencies, accusing Democrats of “weaponizing” the debate over federal science and faulting the bill for its failure to sufficiently address “research misconduct” and other issues.

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CEI Urges DOE To Drop Carbon ‘Cost’ In Measuring Efficiency Benefits

A free-market group is urging the Energy Department (DOE) to drop its use of the social cost of carbon (SCC) when developing appliance efficiency standards, though opponents of the Trump administration’s deregulatory agenda are already fighting agencies’ use of a narrowed approach to the SCC in court.

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EPA backs effort to scrap litigation over CPP

The agency says that state and industry petitioners have “secured the relief they sought in this lawsuit,” challenging the Obama-era Clean Power Plan, which the Trump EPA has formally rescinded.

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Top Trump Officials Vow To Intensify Implementation Of Deregulatory Agenda

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler and other administration officials say they will step up their deregulatory agendas in 2020 even after completing work on their top-priority rollbacks, with EPA moving on to “tier 2” rulemakings in addition to branch-wide “structural” changes aimed at making recent policy shifts more durable.

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Biomass Industry Appears Unlikely To Challenge Co-Firing Bar In ACE

The biomass industry appears unlikely to challenge EPA’s decision in its Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) power plant greenhouse gas rule to remove co-firing with biomass as a compliance mechanism, even though the agency proposed to allow it and industry strongly supported it.

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EPA Makes No Call On Restoring PM Standards Panel, Jeopardizing Review

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler has not yet decided how to respond to agency science advisers’ call to reconstitute an expert panel to assist with oversight of EPA’s review of federal particulate matter (PM) standards, throwing into doubt both the speed and quality of the agency’s review, House Democrats say.

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