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Major Obama officials back cities’ climate nuisance suit

Officials who worked on international climate policy during the Obama administration say a district court wrongly cited “diplomatic concerns” in dismissing the case.

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States Bolster Standing Claims In Suit Over EPA Landfill Methane Rule

States challenging EPA’s delay in implementing methane standards for existing landfills are bolstering their arguments for why they have standing to sue after the agency launched a broad challenge to their standing that sought to differentiate the challenge from the landmark Supreme Court ruling granting states “special solicitude” in climate suits.

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Colorado Ozone Fight Tests EPA Expansion Of Foreign Emissions Waivers

Local business groups in Colorado are urging the state to ask EPA for a less-severe “nonattainment” designation for the agency’s ozone ambient air limit by citing a Clean Air Act (CAA) waiver that would blame foreign emissions for its inability to meet the standard, posing an early testing of the Trump administration’s push to expand use of the waiver.

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Carbon Tax Supporters Refining Details Amid Hazy Political Outlook

Groups that back a carbon tax are continuing to refine elements of their preferred policy, even though the effort faces a hazy political outlook due to skepticism from progressives concerned the policy would be an insufficient response to climate change and continued opposition to broad carbon limits from most Republicans.

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Tonko Unveils Principles To Shape Wide-Ranging Capitol Hill Climate Debate

A key House Democrat is outlining principles for evaluating comprehensive climate legislation, floating several policy concepts that could be crucial to wooing both industry and environmentalists yet promising to keep all options open on the precise design of carbon limits or other policies to reduce emissions and boost climate resilience.

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Democrats intensify push for IG probe into NSR policy shift

Democrats are asking the EPA inspector general to investigate further evidence of alleged ethics violations by top EPA air officials.

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Ruling Bolsters Plaintiffs’ Push For GHG Review Of BLM Leasing Program

A federal judge is requiring the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to consider the cumulative greenhouse gas impacts of its oil and gas drilling lease approvals in Wyoming in a landmark ruling that plaintiffs say could ultimately force the administration to review the climate impacts of its entire oil and gas leasing program.

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Environmentalists Urge EPA To Scrap Weaker New Coal Plant GHG Plan

A large coalition of environmental groups is urging EPA to abandon its proposal to revise new source performance standards (NSPS) limiting greenhouse gases from new coal plants, saying the plan is unlawful because its GHG limit is weather than what existing coal plants can already achieve, among other reasons.

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Stricter ship-fuel sulfur limits on track, industry official says

New international ship fuel sulfur limits that apply to U.S. ships will go into effect as planned Jan. 1 and without serious economic impacts, a top shipping industry official says.

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Trump has 'unprecedented' failure rate in APA cases

While the federal government often wins about 70 percent of Administrative Procedure Act cases, the Washington Post cites analysis showing that the Trump administration has a 6 percent “win rate.”

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