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Climate Policy Watch

EPA seminar examines generational effects of a carbon tax

The agency is hosting an environmental economics seminar on a paper exploring how to share efficiency gains from an optimally designed carbon tax, though the policy faces little short-term prospects in Congress.

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New Industry-Environment Coalition Seeks To Break Hill GHG Gridlock

A new coalition of top businesses and environmental group is launching to support enacting new legislation “as soon as possible” that includes “an economy-wide price on carbon,” the first time in over a decade that such a group has formed to advance major federal climate change policy.

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Environmentalists Resist EPA's Court Bid To Kill Controversial TMDL Theory

Environmentalists are seeking to preserve a lower court ruling that upheld the controversial judicial doctrine that requires EPA to develop cleanup plans for impaired waters when states decline to act, pushing back on a recent Justice Department (DOJ) effort to kill the doctrine or at least limit its reach.

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Whitehouse presses CEQ chair on addressing climate harms

The Senate Democrat sought to press a top Trump administration environmental official to respond to a series of reports predicting dire economic damages from climate change, particularly for coastal property.

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House Democrats offer bill to reverse EPA, BLM methane rollbacks

The bill would codify the Obama EPA’s methane rules for new oil and gas equipment, while also reinstating Obama BLM methane limits for operations on federal land.

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House Appropriators Propose To Boost EPA's FY20 Funds By $672 Million

The House Appropriations Committee is floating increases to EPA funding in its fiscal year 2020 spending bill for the agency, laying out a plan that would reverse years of proposed and actual decreases in EPA funding and which sets up further negotiations with the GOP-controlled Senate and White House.

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Chamber Touts Shift Toward Climate Action But Skepticism Remains

Echoing congressional Republicans, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is trying to show that it wants to more directly respond to climate change, embracing low-carbon technologies even as it largely resists policies that would mandate greenhouse gas emission reductions.

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Environmentalists to appeal adverse pipeline NEPA ruling

A local environmental group says it will seek rehearing of the D.C. Circuit’s decision to scrap its case on standing grounds, charging the decision is “erroneous.”

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CEI Launches New Data Quality Act Challenge To EPA Climate Risk Finding

The conservative Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) is citing new White House guidelines on implementing the Information Quality Act (IQA) in a fresh attempt to thwart use of EPA's decade-old “endangerment finding” that supports regulation of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases.

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High court denies review of ruling upholding Oregon LCFS

The high court’s order means that 9th Circuit rulings upholding both the Oregon and California LCFS regulatory programs stand.

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