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Climate Policy Watch

Markey Previews Pruitt Hearing Questions Over Climate, Toxics, Spending

Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) is peppering EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt with numerous queries -- on topics including climate change, vehicle rules, toxics and the agency's spending practices -- previewing concerns he and other Democrats are likely to air at a Senate environment committee hearing with Pruitt later this month.

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ACEEE says industry in good compliance shape for GHG rules

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, which backs the current Obama EPA light-duty vehicle greenhouse gas rules, says automakers have plenty of compliance credits “left in the bank” to help meet future standards.

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States, environmentalists oppose continued pause of CPP case

“Neither EPA's proposed repeal of the Clean Power Plan nor its prolonged and uncertain plans to replace the rule justify additional abeyance,” says a coalition of states and cities that support the Obama-era climate rule.

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Environmentalists seek end to U.S. biodiesel mandates

Backed by former Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA), environmentalists are calling for an end to U.S. biodiesel mandates, blaming the fuel for environmental damage.

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Manufacturers oppose Oregon cap-and-trade bills

Democratic lawmakers aim to advance the legislation next month despite industry claims it is an unfair tax that will hurt Oregonians while doing essentially nothing to address climate change.

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EPA Fuel Economy Reports Prompt Mixed Industry, Environmentalist Views

EPA's latest trends and manufacturer performance reports on vehicle fuel economy and greenhouse gases show improvements have continued but slowed, prompting a delicate dance by both automakers and environmentalists citing the report as a basis for their respective positions on weakening -- or preserving -- current standards for passenger vehicles.

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Senate Republicans back CPP repeal

In justifying their position, the lawmakers cite the “pervasive, negative effects [the Clean Power Plan] would have had on Americans across the country.”

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Administration Scraps Plan To Pause EPA Landfill Rules Amid Legal Doubts

The Trump administration has scrapped EPA proposals to stay major requirements in Obama-era methane standards for new and existing landfills, signaling that it would have faced an uphill legal battle if it had finalized the measures, though environmentalists have already charged that the agency is dragging its feet on implementing the standards.

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EPA extends comment deadline on CPP repeal

The move will accommodate three new listening sessions EPA has scheduled to address public demand for more options to weigh in on the effort to revoke the Obama-era greenhouse gas rule for existing power plants.

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EPA Air Chief Leaves Door Open To Uncertain Rule Review Outcomes

Newly confirmed EPA air chief Bill Wehrum is outlining an ambitious 2018 agenda, including completing reviews of six high-profile Obama-era rules and policies that the Trump administration is seeking to roll back. But in an interview with Inside EPA, he emphasized the agency is still weighing a host of options, leaving open the possibility that the reviews could result in uncertain outcomes and upend expectations for where the agency may land.

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