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Quoted: Early reaction to final auto GHG rollback

Opponents of the rollback argue it will cost drivers more at the pump at dramatically hike carbon emissions, while supporters charge that the Obama-era requirements were unachievable and boosted cars’ sticker prices.

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EPA, DOT Vehicle GHG Rollback Cites Up To $22 Billion In Net Costs

EPA and the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) just-issued rollback of vehicle greenhouse gas and fuel economy standards acknowledges that the policy could impose up to $22 billion in net costs to society, a finding that critics are pouncing on as an indication of the rule’s legal vulnerability.

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Critics Float Legal Claims Over Auto GHG Rule But Stay Remains Wild Card

California officials and legal experts are floating several legal arguments they might use to challenge the Trump administration’s rollback of vehicle greenhouse gas standards, but some sources say critics might hesitate to ask a federal appellate court to stay the implementation of the new rules because of coronavirus-related effects on the auto sector.

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Ewire: EPA, DOT release final auto GHG rollback

In today’s Ewire: The long-awaited regulation takes a swing at one of the Obama administration’s largest efforts to curb carbon pollution that is causing climate change.

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Citing Time Limit, SAB Declines Review Of EPA Oil & Gas Methane Plan

EPA’s Science Advisory Board (SAB) is declining to review the scientific and technical basis for the agency’s August proposal to scrap direct methane standards for the oil and gas sector, with many advisers citing the limited time they would have to conduct a thorough analysis before EPA finalizes the rule.

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9th Circuit Rejects EPA Bid To Rehear Landmark TMDL Decision

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit has denied EPA’s request to reconsider a three-judge panel’s landmark ruling that expands a controversial “constructive submission” judicial doctrine forcing the agency to develop waterbody cleanup plans when states have failed to act, opening the door to a possible Supreme Court appeal.

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API touts sustainability ‘long game’ despite EPA enforcement halt

The oil and gas industry group says a new sustainability guidance to its members shows that it is invested in environmental improvements despite seeking a broad enforcement waiver from EPA.

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Officials Scramble To Show Net Benefits From Auto GHG Rule Rollback

Just days before releasing their final rollback of Obama-era vehicle greenhouse gas and fuel economy standards, Trump administration officials have been scrambling to show the rule has net positive benefits to society given that recent drafts show the flagship rulemaking would impose greater overall costs than benefits.

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Final Auto GHG Rollback To Include Various Compliance ‘Flexibilities’

The Trump administration’s imminent rollback of Obama-era auto greenhouse gas rules will embrace several regulatory flexibilities the agencies originally proposed to jettison -- though it is likely to end “multiplier” credits for electric vehicles (EVs) and plug-in hybrids while extending them for natural gas vehicles, sources say.

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IRS poised to issue plan barring tax deductions for some settlements

The proposal may not be welcomed by industry if it bars deductions for most settlements.

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