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Climate Policy Watch

Growing Wildfire Threat Poses Challenge To Biden’s Air Quality Policies

The growing threat of more frequent and increasingly destructive wildfires poses a challenge for President-elect Joe Biden’s air quality policies, experts say, because smoke from the fires releases a large combination of air pollutants and curbing health risks from such emissions will require a coordinated response from EPA and other agencies.

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BLM agrees to conduct climate review of more oil & gas leases

The pact blocks 53 oil and gas leases until the Bureau of Land Management analyzes the climate change impacts of the drilling on more than 45,000 acres in Colorado.

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Minnesota auto dealers sue state to block vehicle GHG, ZEV rules

The industry group argues the state cannot finalize its plan to adopt California’s auto greenhouse gas and zero-emission vehicle standards.

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Latest EPA ‘Trends’ Report Bolsters Calls For Stronger Auto GHG Rules

EPA’s latest annual fuel economy “trends” report is showing a decline in the fuel efficiency of new vehicles for the first time in several years, bolstering calls for aggressive action by the incoming Biden administration to re-strengthen greenhouse gas and fuel economy standards rolled back under President Donald Trump.

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Biofuels Groups Press Biden EPA For RFS Waiver Denials, Transparency

Biofuels groups are pressing the incoming Biden EPA to swiftly deny dozens of pending applications from small refiners for renewable fuel standard (RFS) compliance waivers and to be more transparent about the waiver process, as they seek to build a productive relationship with Biden’s choice for agency administrator, Michael Regan.

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Sen. Whitehouse urges climate commission to probe Trump actions

Democratic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (RI) says the United States cannot just “move on” from Presidential Donald Trump’s actions of “climate denial and obstruction.”

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Democrats’ Expected Senate Control Gives New Opening For Biden EPA

Expected victories by the Democratic candidates in a pair of Senate runoffs in Georgia mean the party is poised to wrest narrow control of the upper chamber later this month, likely easing the confirmation of President-elect Joe Biden’s Cabinet picks and softening any Capitol Hill oversight of his environmental agenda.

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Oil industry seeks high court review of more nuisance cases

Ahead of Jan. 19 oral arguments in a case concerning Baltimore’s climate nuisance case, the oil sector is urging the Supreme Court to review three other appellate rulings on similar issues.

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Northeastern Air Regulators Press Biden To Boost Electrification Of Trucks

Air regulators in the Northeast are asking President-elect Joe Biden to expand his support for vehicle electrification to include medium- and heavy-duty trucks, urging him to consider steps to promote electric vehicles as crucial to reducing both conventional air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.

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New House rules could ease passage of climate-related spending

New House rules for the 117th Congress allow lawmakers to “exempt” climate-related spending from so-called “pay-as-you-go” rules that seek to avoid increasing the federal deficit.

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