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Climate Policy Watch

Major Glider Manufacturer Blames Layoffs On EPA's Stalled Repeal Proposal

One of the country's largest manufacturers of high-emitting “glider” trucks is blaming EPA's failure, so far, to scrap Obama-era production limits on the vehicles for layoffs at the company, a situation that highlights the Trump EPA's incomplete deregulatory efforts and which could play into political efforts to speed action on the repeal rule.

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Court Rejects Coal Lease NEPA Review Suit But Outlines Paths Forward

A federal appeals court panel is rejecting a long-running lawsuit seeking to force the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to conduct a broad National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review to consider the climate impacts of its coal leasing program, but two of the three judges are outlining other options environmentalists can use to force such analysis.

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Colorado to join backers of California vehicle GHG rules

Colorado will join a dozen states that have embraced California's vehicle GHG limits, just as the Trump administration is readying a plan roll back current standards and target states' ability to enforce their own rules.

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Auto industry-focused publication calls for Pruitt to resign

A “serious industry deserves a serious regulator, a public servant of proven integrity who lives by at least a baseline standard of propriety. Scott Pruitt is none of those things,” Automotive News says in an editorial.

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Automakers continue fuel economy gains in pickups

The trend, highlighted in a recent Wall Street Journal article, runs counter to Trump administration efforts to significantly weaken Obama-era greenhouse gas and fuel economy standards up to model year 2025.

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Amid Looming Rollback, EPA Floats Vehicle GHG Credit 'Amendments'

Even as the Trump administration is poised to unveil its proposed rule for rolling back Obama-era light-duty vehicle greenhouse gas and fuel economy standards, EPA is advancing a new draft plan that could give automakers more generous compliance credits for advanced vehicles and other technologies.

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D.C. Circuit schedules oral arguments in CSAPR, 2017 RFS suits

The appellate court that hears challenges to most EPA rules will hear Oct. 3 argument in litigation over the agency's utility air trading rule, and Oct. 5 arguments in challenges to the 2017 renewable fuel standard.

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California lawmakers seek RFS credit for biomass electricity

California lawmakers are pushing EPA to grant RFS credit for biomass-derived electricity, after the agency declared biomass power carbon-neutral.

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GAO begins assessment of carbon 'cost' tool

GAO's investigation marks the second official examination of Trump administration changes to the carbon cost metric that reduced the projected benefits of cutting emissions.

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Trump taps acting CEQ chair for permanent role

Mary Neumayr has been acting CEQ chair since March 2017, and sources expect the Senate to easily confirm her nomination for the permanent role.

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