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Climate Policy Watch

FERC weighs ‘tolling order’ appeal to Supreme Court

An appellate court recently barred the commission from using “tolling orders” that effectively delay litigation from opponents of natural gas infrastructure even as the projects can move forward.

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EPA ‘indefinitely’ shelves 2021 RFS rule

The agency is reportedly shelving work on the proposal amid uncertainty on fuel demand due to the coronavirus pandemic and ongoing battles over compliance waivers for small refiners.

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Biden announces new climate council to mobilize voters

The six-member council is aimed at “mobilizing voters who care about climate change and environmental justice,” while the Biden campaign is weighing additions to its climate policy platform.

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Court Curbs FERC’s Use Of ‘Tolling Orders’ To Delay Suits Over Gas Projects

The full U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in a sweeping decision is curbing the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) use of “tolling orders” that it has long used to delay administrative reconsideration of natural gas infrastructure approvals and subsequent lawsuits over those projects.

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Auto GHG Rollback Critics Detail New Flaws In Rule, Renew Prior Claims

Environmentalists and California-aligned states in fresh legal and administrative filings are detailing a host of new and existing critiques of the Trump administration’s rollback of vehicle greenhouse gas standards, including a new argument that the rule’s already meager claimed benefits evaporate due to flawed assessments of traffic congestion.

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EPW Senators Push Infrastructure Bill With Climate Resiliency Provisions

The top Republican and Democrat on the Senate Environment & Public Works (EPW) Committee are urging other Senate committees to help advance EPW’s sweeping transportation infrastructure funding bill that includes first-time major resilience provisions to combat climate change.

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White House NEPA overhaul clears OMB review

The regulatory milestone signals the rule could be publicly unveiled within the next few weeks, with some suggesting President Donald Trump might personally tout the plan as a way to boost the economy.

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EPA schedules public hearing on Tier 3 test fuel proposal

The agency’s virtual hearing will provide a platform for supporters and opponents of EPA’s test fuel plan to argue in favor of either retaining or weakening related vehicle greenhouse gas standards.

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EPA Floats Ambitious OAR Agenda, Hinting At Trump Second Term Plans

EPA is floating an ambitious agenda for its Office of Air & Radiation (OAR) in its just-updated schedule of pending rules that includes steps to ease industry permitting and potentially remove some toxic substances from regulation, hinting at OAR’s plans for future years if President Donald Trump wins his reelection bid in November.

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Democrats Unveil Wide-Ranging Climate Plan With Major EPA, EJ Focus

House Democrats have unveiled a long-awaited series of climate policy proposals that combine long-term decarbonization goals with hundreds of specific measures to enable them, including a key focus on environmental justice (EJ), investments in infrastructure and climate resilience, and a range of new EPA responsibilities.

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