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Climate Policy Watch

Pennsylvania Faults EPA's FY18-22 Strategic Plan For 'Neglecting' Climate

Pennsylvania environment regulators and public health groups are faulting EPA's omission of climate change from its recent draft strategic plan for fiscal years 2018-2022, calling it a “glaring oversight” that shirks the agency's responsibility to help tackle a global challenge and will harm efforts to achieve the plan's other goals.

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Pruitt 'Freezing Out' OTAQ Expertise In EPA Vehicle GHG Rule Overhauls

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is “freezing out” technical input from his Office of Transportation & Air Quality (OTAQ) as the agency reopens Obama-era greenhouse rules for heavy-duty trucks and passenger cars, say sources who fear the agency's vast engineering expertise on emissions controls it has built up over decades could be marginalized.

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Senate Democrats ask Pruitt to restore EPA climate web pages

Seven Democratic senators are asking EPA to restore more than 200 agency website pages on the topic of climate change that the agency removed in July.

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Democrats, environmentalists vow ongoing climate push

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) said Democrats' message at the United Nations climate talks was that “the administration is not only isolated in the world . . . it is isolated from the rest of America.”

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NRDC urges EPA to hold more hearings on CPP repeal

“The agency [must] give the public real opportunities to speak at hearings in the nation's capital and across the nation when proposing to repeal the” Clean Power Plan, the environmental group says.

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CEI files suit to compel Paris Agreement documents

The free-market group, which argues that the Paris Agreement is a treaty requiring Senate ratification, is seeking State Department documents that it hopes will bolster that claim.

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D.C. Circuit extends stay of CPP suit for 60 days

The appellate court's decision is virtually identical to two prior orders holding the case in abeyance, though it did not accept a Trump administration request to indefinitely delay the litigation.

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Federal prosecutors subpoena Icahn RFS data

Federal prosecutors in New York have subpoenaed documents pertaining to billionaire Carl Icahn's role in possible manipulation of biofuels markets, adding to pressure on the former presidential adviser over the issue.

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EPA Floats New Air Law Interpretation To Scrap 'Glider' Truck GHG Limits

EPA is floating a new interpretation of the Clean Air Act to justify its new proposal to scrap Obama-era greenhouse gas limits for heavy-duty “glider” trucks that combine a new body with a rebuilt powertrain, saying the “most reasonable” reading of its air law authority is that the trucks are not “new motor vehicles” subject to regulation.

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Wehrum's Confirmation Likely To Expedite Pruitt's EPA Air Policy Overhaul

The Senate's 49-47 vote to confirm William Wehrum to head EPA's Office of Air & Radiation (OAR) is likely to boost agency Administrator Scott Pruitt in his plan to overhaul Clean Air Act policies, which includes rollbacks of climate and other air rules, and changes to new source review (NSR) permitting to ease industry burdens.

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