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Climate Policy Watch

States, Environmentalists Intervene To Protect EPA Air Law GHG Authority

States and environmental groups challenging EPA’s Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) power plant greenhouse gas rule as too weak are also seeking to intervene on EPA’s behalf to defend the agency’s underlying authority to regulate power sector GHGs, asking an appellate court to allow them to weigh in on that specific issue.

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Investors urge GM to join California auto GHG deal

A coalition of two dozen major investors, led by New York City’s comptroller, is urging the major automaker to join California’s voluntary deal on auto greenhouse gas standards.

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Environmentalists Step Up Legal Pressure For EPA Species Review Of RFS

Environmentalists are stepping up legal pressure on EPA over its failure to conduct a broad review of the potential impacts to endangered species from its renewable fuel standard (RFS), raising the claim in litigation over the 2019 RFS even as the agency grapples with a court remand demanding it address the lack of a review for the 2018 RFS.

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Refiner Rejects EPA’s Claim Of ‘National’ Scope For RFS Hardship Waiver

Small refiner Sinclair Wyoming Refining is fighting to keep its challenge to EPA’s denial of a renewable fuel standard (RFS) economic hardship waiver in regional appellate court, as the agency seeks to dismiss the case and hear challenges to RFS waivers as “national” actions in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

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Critics of EO axing advisory panels urge Trump to rescind order

A wide-ranging collection of groups is arguing that President Donald Trump’s executive order requiring EPA and other agencies to eliminate advisory panels is “arbitrary,” “specious” and harmful.

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Environmentalists, Industry Groups Detail Opposition To ACE Climate Rule

Environmental groups are for the first time outlining the issues they intend to raise in their litigation challenging EPA’s Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule addressing power plant greenhouse gas emissions and its simultaneous repeal of the much more stringent Clean Power Plan (CPP) that ACE replaces.

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Oil companies ask high court to stay climate nuisance ruling

The firms argue that “whether global warming claims based on worldwide greenhouse gas emissions necessarily arise under federal law is a question of great national importance.”

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OMB begins review of EPA HFC ‘Management’ Plan

The forthcoming regulation would rescind Obama-era rules extending refrigerant management and leak guidelines to appliances that use hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), which are potent greenhouse gases.

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Administration Pursues Narrow NEPA GHG Reviews In Fossil Leasing Suits

The Trump administration is continuing to pursue its narrow approach to considering climate change in National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) reviews, defending the strategy in courts even as it has been ordered to consider broader, cumulative climate effects of its fossil fuel lease approvals.

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EPA urges D.C. Circuit to reject requests to pause ACE litigation

The agency says that pausing the litigation until it finishes a related rule on new source review requirements “would delay resolution of this case a half year or more.”

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