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EPA Poised To Announce Move To Revoke California Auto GHG Authority

EPA is poised to formally announce that it will scrap California’s Clean Air Act authority to enforce vehicle greenhouse gas standards that are tougher than the federal government, a move that will likely spark a fierce political and legal backlash from the Golden State and others that have adopted its vehicle climate rules.

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DOJ Rejects Claims Its Auto GHG Deal Antitrust Investigation Is Political

A top Justice Department (DOJ) antitrust official is defending his office against claims that it has launched a politically motivated inquiry into four automakers that voluntarily agreed to follow stricter California vehicle greenhouse gas rules than those planned by the Trump administration.

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Harris seeks IG probe of DOJ vehicle antitrust investigation

DOJ’s investigation into four companies that joined California’s auto emissions deal is part of the Trump administration’s “expression of hostility toward California’s authority,” says Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA).

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GOP-led state group moves to back EPA’s ACE rule

West Virginia is leading a 20-state coalition supporting EPA in litigation over its Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) power plant greenhouse gas rule.

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Judges Back Climate Nuisance Plaintiffs’ Bid For State Court Venues

Colorado municipalities have won a federal district court decision rejecting the oil industry’s bid to move their climate nuisance case to federal court where it would likely be dismissed, with the ruling marking the third-straight victory on the issue for local governments seeking to force industry to pay for climate damages their products caused.

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Senators plan new bipartisan climate caucus

Sen. Mike Braun (R-IN), who is poised to launch the caucus with Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) in the coming weeks, argues climate change should be a “bridge issue” between the two parties.

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EPA Weighs Advance Notice For Heavy-Duty Truck NOx Rule Amid Delays

EPA is considering issuing an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPR) to inform its forthcoming rule setting stricter nitrogen oxide (NOx) limits on heavy-duty trucks, a move that could let the agency claim some forward momentum this year as a formal proposal appears unlikely before California considers its own plan.

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House panel clears clean energy research bills

The legislation would boost funding for the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), while also creating a new Energy Department program focused on reducing industrial sector carbon emissions.

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White House presses biofuels groups on why RFS ‘deal’ is inadequate

Trump administration officials are asking biofuels groups why a plan to hike renewable fuel standard production goals is not enough to address their concerns about federal biofuels policy.

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Senators seek methane curbs for distribution lines

Democrats are framing the bill as part of a broader response to EPA’s plans to scuttle Obama-era methane rules for the oil and gas sector.

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