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Climate Policy Watch

House Democrats add climate measures to pipeline safety bill

The bill would codify Obama EPA methane capture rules that Trump officials have proposed to rescind, while also extending methane standards to new equipment such as gathering lines.

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EV, utility groups seek to back states’ auto GHG suit

The National Coalition for Advanced Transportation (NCAT) is supporting states and environmental groups’ challenge to the Trump administration’s rule preempting states’ vehicle greenhouse gas rules.

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EPA Rejects Key GAO Calls To Bolster Climate Reviews At Superfund Sites

EPA is largely rejecting Government Accountability Office (GAO) calls to make Superfund sites less vulnerable to climate change impacts, including incorporating climate risks into its long-term strategic plan, though officials agreed to improve processes for defining sites’ boundaries and are weighing whether to reinforce existing tools and resources available to local site teams.

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Grijalva, McEachin float draft environmental justice bill

The draft bill includes multiple provisions that would boost requirements for environmental reviews of major federal actions that affect equity communities.

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States, Allies Continue Venue Fight In Suits Over Auto GHG Preemption

States, environmental groups and local air officials are pushing back against Trump administration claims that litigation over Trump’s preemption of state vehicle emission rules belongs in appellate court, highlighting the legal downsides to the government’s strategy of severing the preemption action from a plan to weaken federal standards.

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Climate Tort Backers Downplay Link To New York’s Exxon Fraud Case

After a trial that appeared to show flaws in New York’s novel climate securities fraud case against ExxonMobil, supporters of several local governments’ climate nuisance suits against oil companies say that a potential adverse ruling for New York would have no effect on the tort cases because they are based on different legal claims.

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House, Senate Democrats float bill to phase out current RFS

The legislation aims to end EPA’s renewable fuel standard (RFS) in its current form, and revise the program as a narrow policy to bolster some advanced biofuels instead of corn ethanol.

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Upcoming House Bill To Prod Agency Focus On 2050 GHG Target

Over 100 House Democrats are poised to formally endorse legislation setting a national goal of a 100 percent clean energy economy by 2050 and urging federal agencies to take early steps to meet that target using existing authority, part of an effort to craft a broad legislative agenda and mobilize advocacy around climate policy.

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EPA pushes to consolidate RFS waiver suits in D.C. Circuit

The agency in previous lawsuits argued that regional appellate courts should hear suits over renewable fuel standard (RFS) waivers, not the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

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Bodine Defends Trump EPA’s Enforcement Efforts In Face Of Criticisms

EPA enforcement chief Susan Bodine is strongly defending the Trump administration’s commitment to environmental enforcement, using remarks at a Nov. 12 conference to repeatedly “push back” on the “misconception” that the administration is reducing enforcement efforts.

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