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Climate Policy Watch

Democratic group asks GAO to investigate Pruitt's anti-Paris comments

A Democratic-aligned group says the EPA chief broke a law that prohibits federal employees from lobbying the public to support or oppose legislation pending before Congress.

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California: GHG bill 'codifies' LCFS, supporters say

But CARB and oil industry officials downplay the significance of the language that lawmakers included in the landmark greenhouse gas cap-and-trade bill.

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Congress: House Democrats seek more details on Pruitt's climate review

“In the face of . . . overwhelming agreement on the basic fact of human-caused climate change by the world's scientists, your efforts seem to be divorced from reality and reason,” three House Democrats say to the EPA chief.

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House Democrats seek more details on Pruitt's climate review

“In the face of . . . overwhelming agreement on the basic fact of human-caused climate change by the world's scientists, your efforts seem to be divorced from reality and reason,” three House Democrats say to the EPA chief.

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Environmentalists Urge EPA To Strengthen First State CCS Permit Program

Environmental groups are urging EPA to strengthen North Dakota's Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) permitting program for carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) wells before granting the state's first-in-the-nation application for “primacy” to issue such permits.

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EPA Eyes Former Obama DOE Official To Run Climate Science Review

The Trump EPA is considering hiring Steven Koonin, the former Department of Energy (DOE) science adviser who has raised questions about the precise extent of the human role in climate change, to run the agency's proposed “red-team, blue-team” climate science review, according to a knowledgeable source.

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EPA Faces Uncertain Prospects In Any Appeal Of Methane NSPS Stay Ruling

A potential EPA appeal of the ruling striking down its 90-day stay of Obama-era methane standards for new oil and gas operations could focus on a novel argument supported by a dissenting judge that courts lack authority to review such stays, but observers say that even if courts back that claim it might not impact related suits over other paused rules.

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Inhofe seeks broad GOP plan on energy, environment

Inhofe says he may seek a deal with fellow Republicans on energy and environmental issues, using a bill to increase ethanol use as a vehicle -- though the ethanol issue remains deeply divisive.

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CARB Faces Host Of Decisions After Lawmakers Back Post-2020 GHG Bill

Just-passed landmark legislation to extend California's greenhouse gas cap-and-trade program to 2030 presents state air regulators with a host of critical policy and regulatory choices about the program, which will have major implications for costs to regulated entities and consumers, the state's broader economy and how it reduces GHGs to meet declining emissions limits.

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Former NARUC official named to head state air group

During his time at NARUC, Keogh was closely involved with Obama EPA efforts to work with FERC on reliability issues related to the Clean Power Plan.

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