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Climate Policy Watch

House GOP weighs response to Democrats’ climate agenda

The Republican plan is unlikely to include comprehensive solutions such as carbon pricing, but instead will focus on research or other incentive-based approaches to the issue.

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NRDC Seeks Speedy Ruling On Vehicle GHG Model, Citing OMB Review

Environmentalists are urging an appellate court to rule quickly in their already expedited case seeking release of an EPA computer model they hope will show that current vehicle greenhouse gas rules are lower than the administration claims, citing the formal start of the White House’s review of rules rolling back the current standards.

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9th Circuit ‘Reluctantly’ Scraps Youth Case Seeking Federal Climate Plan

A divided appellate court panel is “reluctantly” dismissing youth plaintiffs’ litigation seeking to force the federal government to develop a plan significantly limiting carbon emissions that cause climate change, finding that the plaintiffs’ “impressive case for redress must be presented to the political branches of government.”

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Most Democrats back USMCA despite climate concerns

Only nine Senate Democrats voted against the Trump administration’s proposal to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement, with many citing the deal’s lack of climate change provisions.

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Final Efficiency Standard ‘Process’ Update Raises Bar For New Rules

The Trump administration has completed a broad overhaul its “process” for setting appliance energy efficiency standards, significantly raising the bar for officials in future administrations to set new or updated standards that in the past have been a major driver of greenhouse gas emission cuts.

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As Review Starts, Vehicle GHG Rollback Expected To Ease Safety Benefits

As the White House begins reviewing EPA and the Transportation Department’s (DOT) draft final rule rolling back Obama-era vehicle greenhouse gas standards, an industry source says the measure might reduce the claimed safety benefits by a factor of 10 after a barrage of criticism that the methodology for asserting the benefits was flawed.

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California Governor’s 5-Year, $12.5 Billion Climate Budget Draws Mixed Views

California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s (D) proposed five-year, $12.5 billion budget for a broad suite of climate change programs -- including numerous projects to reduce greenhouse gases, promote resilience and transition to a “carbon-free” economy through investments in advanced technologies -- is drawing mixed reviews from stakeholders.

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Despite Wide Support, Some Republicans Wary Of EPA HFC Limits

Key House Republicans are raising concerns with bipartisan and bicameral legislation that would give EPA new authority to phase down the production and use of hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) refrigerants that act as potent greenhouse gases, signaling likely hurdles for the measure despite significant industry and GOP support.

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DOJ seeks to participate in arguments on climate nuisance case

DOJ attorneys want to have a voice in oral arguments next month when the court hears an appeal brought by two California cities that are seeking monetary damages for climate change from several oil companies.

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California Lawmaker Drops Bill Rebuking Autos For Declining GHG Deal

Lacking the votes to clear a key committee, a California lawmaker has withdrawn his bill that would have retaliated against auto companies that declined to join the state’s voluntary vehicle greenhouse gas emissions deal by allowing only four participating companies to be eligible for the state’s zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) rebate program.

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