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D.C. Circuit agrees to partial stay of mandate in utility GHG suit

The court's decision gives the Biden administration more time to weigh how to proceed with regulating greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants.

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NGOs Plan Push To Expand Scope Of FERC’s Gas Project GHG Reviews

Environmentalists and other non-governmental groups are poised to push federal energy regulators to broadly review the greenhouse gas (GHG) and other impacts associated with natural gas infrastructure projects as officials begin reconsidering their years-old policy for approving such projects.

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Think Tank Sees Senate Barrier To Carbon Tax That Curbs EPA Rules

Senators could approve a carbon tax under streamlined budget reconciliation procedures, but it is not clear it can do so with language that would limit EPA’s regulatory authority for greenhouse gases, a condition that many industry supporters have attached to any carbon tax plan, according to a new paper from a free-market think tank.

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DOJ Seeks Abeyance For Federal Vehicle GHG Suit, Amid Opposition

The Department of Justice (DOJ) is formally asking a federal court to suspend a consolidated suit challenging the Trump administration’s rollback of vehicle greenhouse gas standards, a move that had been expected after the Biden administration in a Jan. 20 executive order formally signaled plans to revise the standards.

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CEQ Withdraws Trump NEPA GHG Guide, Revives Broader Obama Policy

The White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) is revoking draft Trump-era guidance for how federal agencies should incorporate greenhouse gas impacts in their National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) reviews, reviving a broader Obama administration NEPA GHG policy while also planning a review of that document.

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Biden Faces Call For Broad SCC Reform To Bolster Value Of GHG Policies

Days before a Biden administration working group releases an “interim” value for the social cost of carbon (SCC) used to estimate the benefits of greenhouse gas reduction measures, a top legal scholar is urging a broad reform of the SCC and the associated “discount rate” of future impacts in order to bolster the value of new EPA GHG rules.

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Industry Groups Seek ‘Ample’ Public Comment On Biden’s SCC Update

Nearly a dozen major industry groups are pressing the Biden administration to provide “ample” public comment opportunities as it strengthens the social cost of carbon (SCC) metric over the next year, even as White House officials in the coming days are poised to release “interim” revisions that will boost Trump-era estimates.

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EPA Jump-Starts Major HFC Regulation Using New Statutory Authority

The Biden EPA is taking the first step toward regulating climate-warming hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) under new Clean Air Act authority it received from a bipartisan law enacted late last year, floating a data notice to inform a pending rule setting production limits for the chemicals used in refrigeration and other sectors.

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Youth Plaintiffs Plan High Court Appeal After 9th Circuit Rejects Climate Case

Twenty-one youth plaintiffs are planning to ask the Supreme Court to allow their constitutional climate change case against the U.S. government to proceed after an appeals court rejected their request to rehear a panel’s decision dismissing the suit for lack of standing and the Biden administration declined an invitation to weigh in on the case.

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Auto Sector GHG Stance Signals Ongoing Industry Split, Observers Say

Automakers’ early advocacy regarding the Biden EPA’s push to re-strengthen federal greenhouse gas and fuel economy rules for the sector is prompting some observers to suggest that auto companies remain split on the stringency of near-term regulations.

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