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Climate Policy Watch

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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Carper seeks five GAO studies on climate impacts

 The Democratic senator is urging the Government Accountability Office to prepare five studies examining how climate change threatens waste storage, energy infrastructure, chemical facilities and flood-related infrastructure.

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EPA Loss On Landfill Suit Standing Claim Boosts Role Of High Court Ruling

EPA’s recent failure to limit the ability of states to sue over the agency’s slow implementation of Obama-era landfill methane rule could raise the importance of the Supreme Court’s landmark Massachusetts v. EPA ruling that gave states “special solicitude” to bring climate suits, given that many Trump administration climate rollbacks will soon wind up in court.

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Seeking Broad Support, Democrats Float CES To Achieve Utility Carbon Cuts

Supporters of the new clean energy standard (CES) proposal in Congress say it is a politically achievable roadmap for major power sector greenhouse gas cuts, and that the plan could get a political boost by building on numerous similar state programs and by including support for a broad suite of low-carbon technologies.

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