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Climate Policy Watch

Trump Re-Election Would Enable Defense, Expansion Of EPA Rollbacks

A re-election victory for President Donald Trump in the Nov. 3 election would allow EPA to bolster its defense of sundry climate and other environmental rollbacks in court while embarking on new deregulatory efforts, observers say, including broader changes to cost-benefit rules and limiting the scope of future carbon controls.

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GOP senators from oil refining states ask EPA for broad RFS waiver

A group of 15 Senate Republicans from oil states is urging EPA to curb biofuel blending mandates for 2021, but is likely to face determined resistance from biofuels advocates.

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Oil Sector, GOP Allies Seek To Capitalize On Biden’s ‘Transition’ Remark

The oil sector and Trump campaign are seizing on comments by Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden urging a “transition” from the industry, in an effort to make Biden’s climate change stance a liability for Democrats up and down the ballot with less than two weeks before voting ends in the Nov. 3 election.

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Despite Political Lift, Backers See Hill, Legal Advantages To Carbon Tax

Supporters of a carbon tax and others are citing key advantages of the policy in the courts and Capitol Hill even as they acknowledge challenges for such a measure under a potential Biden administration --including Democrats’ current focus on other climate policies and Republicans’ longtime allergy to carbon limits.

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Heritage Foundation warns against Biden energy, environment plan

Despite faulting Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden for offering rules and subsidies aiding low-carbon energy, the free-market group praises parts of his plan for boosting “innovation and competition.”

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9th Circuit Backs EPA Deadline Extension For Federal Landfill Methane Plan

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit is backing EPA’s authority to significantly extend the deadline for issuing federal standards for much of the country to require landfills to limit their methane emissions, even after a district court set an earlier deadline for the agency to act.

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Amid Talk Of EPA Post, CARB’s Nichols Seen Prioritizing Climate, Vehicles

Amid reports that Mary Nichols, the long-time chief of the California air board, has the inside track to be EPA administrator under a Biden administration, sources say she would bring decades of experience to a push to aggressively battle climate change and reduce transportation air pollution while reversing Trump-era rollbacks.

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DOJ touts two prison sentences in RFS fraud case

The Department of Justice is touting a first-of-its kind criminal prosecution for fraud committed against the federal government under EPA’s renewable fuel standard program.

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Leopold Touts Return From Obama EPA Legal Positions To ‘Historic’ Claims

Matt Leopold, who served almost three years as the Trump EPA’s general counsel before stepping down last month, is touting his work to “reimagine” what he says were erroneous legal positions taking by the Obama administration, saying he strived to return the agency to its “historic positions” on the scope of its statutory and regulatory powers.

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Environmentalists, States Battle Airline Sector On EPA Aircraft GHG Plan

Environmentalists and nearly a dozen mainly Democratic-led states are urging EPA to scrap its proposal to adopt internationally agreed limits on greenhouse gases from aircraft and instead approve tougher standards, even as airline and other industry groups are pressing EPA to finalize its proposal.

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