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Climate Policy Watch

D.C. Circuit replaces Garland in EPA trailer GHG rule suit

Merrick Garland, a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, will be replaced by Judge Gregory Katsas on a panel hearing litigation over EPA’s trailer greenhouse gas rule.

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Grappling With RFS Policy Decisions, EPA Floats Compliance Extensions

EPA is proposing to delay renewable fuel standard (RFS) compliance deadlines for small refiners and others subject to the program’s biofuel blending mandates, giving the industry more time to comply while the agency grapples with whether to issue a slew of pending RFS compliance waivers and how to set RFS production goals for 2021.

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Obama Veteran Floats Two-Stage Plan For Biden To Boost SCC Metric

One of the primary architects of the Obama administration’s social cost of carbon (SCC) climate damage metric is floating a two-part strategy for the incoming Biden administration to re-strengthen the tool which would help justify tough greenhouse gas regulations and potentially a suite of other climate policies.

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Castor Pledges Hill Action On ‘Cleanest, Greenest’ Infrastructure Bill

Rep. Kathy Castor (D-FL), who chairs the House select climate change committee, is pledging that Congress will enact the “cleanest, greenest” infrastructure package later this year, with various provisions advancing clean energy and other climate-related initiatives.

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With Thin Majority, Senate Democrats Face Balancing Act On Climate

Senate Democrats upcoming majority in the upper chamber appears to have given them a clear path to push a more ambitious climate agenda using several potential legislative options, even though their narrow control suggests a delicate balancing act that could depend on industry’s willingness to accept some climate policies.

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Industry Coalition Backing EVs Seeks Strict EPA Rules, Other Policies

A new coalition of industry groups supporting electric vehicles (EVs) is floating a policy blueprint calling for EPA rules to achieve “sharp reductions” in vehicle greenhouse gas emissions, coupled with other legislative and regulatory policies including infrastructure spending to spur the industry.

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D.C. Circuit schedules oral argument in E15 fuel case

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has scheduled oral argument for Feb. 19 in a consolidated suit over EPA’s 2019 decision allowing year-round sales of 15-percent ethanol blends (E15).

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Schumer Pledges Action On Climate, Infrastructure Amid Trump Sanctions

Incoming Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) says he plans to stay focused on moving climate and infrastructure legislation as part of an economic recovery plan and confirming Biden administration nominees even as the Senate will have to consider the expected House impeachment of President Donald Trump following last week’s attack on the Capitol.

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Biofuels Makers Expect EPA RFS Waivers, Urge Biden To Bolster Industry

Biofuels makers are expecting the Trump administration to issue a wave of last-minute renewable fuel standard (RFS) compliance waivers to small refiners that they oppose, and are working with some Democratic lawmakers to lobby the incoming Biden administration to take several actions to help promote the biofuels sector.

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EPA Finding Might Bar Biden From Issuing GHG NSPS Except For Utilities

EPA is finalizing a rule that concludes all stationary sources of greenhouse gases except coal-fired power plants do not reach the threshold for GHG regulation under Clean Air Act (CAA) new source performance standards (NSPS), an action that critics say attempts to prevent the incoming Biden administration from regulating non-utility GHG sources.

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