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Climate Policy Watch

Corps urges district court not to enjoin Dakota Access Pipeline

The Army Corps of Engineers argues that a district court cannot order the pipeline to shut down while the agency considers the environmental effects of a key easement for the project.

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GM Drops Support For Trump Auto Preemption, Backs EV-Focused Rules

General Motors is dropping its legal support of the Trump EPA’s rule preempting California’s vehicle greenhouse gas standards and is now seeking to align itself with environmental groups, the Golden State and the incoming Biden administration in support of national standards and “complementary policies” to electrify the passenger vehicle fleet.

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Biden Taps Kerry For Climate Envoy Role, Highlighting Multilateral Push

President-elect Joe Biden’s selection of former Secretary of State John Kerry as his international climate change envoy is underscoring the incoming administration’s push to re-engage on multilateral climate mitigation policy while also integrating climate considerations more closely into national security matters.

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Biofuels Groups Urge D.C. Circuit To Enforce Order Restoring RFS Target

Biofuels and agriculture industry groups are urging a federal appeals court to enforce the mandate from its 2017 ruling to vacate EPA's decision to reduce some renewable fuel standard (RFS) targets from 2014 to 2016, saying the agency has “brazenly” ignored the ruling by not issuing a new 500 million-gallon biofuels production goal.

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Biden Taps Kerry For Climate Envoy Role, Highlighting Multi-Lateral Push

President-elect Joe Biden’s selection of former Secretary of State John Kerry as his international climate change envoy is underscoring the incoming administration’s push to re-engage on multi-lateral climate mitigation policy while also integrating climate considerations more closely into national security matters.

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Environmentalists urge federal district court to scrap CEQ’s NEPA rule

Environmental groups float a host of arguments in a summary judgment motion for why a federal district court should vacate the Trump administration’s National Environmental Policy Act streamlining rule.

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GM Prompts Early Skepticism Over EV Pledges Amid Biden Transition

Environmentalists and other experts see General Motors’ (GM) announcement that it will bolster investment in electric vehicles (EV) as a nod to the incoming Biden administration’s expected focus on climate policies, as well as to Wall Street’s increased interest in vehicle electrification, but are voicing early skepticism of the move.

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House Democrat’s bill aims for sustainable aviation fuel boost

Rep. Julia Brownley’s (D-CA) bill aims to boost use of sustainable aviation fuel, a liquid “drop in” fuel designed for use with existing aircraft and infrastructure, in order to cut aircraft greenhouse gas emissions.

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Biden Faces FERC With GOP Majority, Limiting Climate Policy Options

President-elect Joe Biden will take office likely facing a Republican majority on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) as the Senate is poised to approve two Trump nominees to the panel, a move that would likely limit the incoming administration’s near-term options to impose carbon-reduction requirements for the energy sector.

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House Democrats press Trump to keep 'integrity' of national climate study

Several dozen House Democrats are urging President Donald Trump to “preserve the integrity” of the congressionally directed National Climate Assessment.

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