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Climate Policy Watch

Biden taps McCarthy to lead White House climate team

Former Obama EPA chief Gina McCarthy will lead the White House team that will coordinate domestic climate policy actions across the federal government.

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Lawmakers Poised To Unveil Deal On HFC, Low-Carbon Energy Measures

Capitol Hill lawmakers appear poised to unveil sweeping legislation that would direct EPA to phase down planet-warming hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) while also including provisions to boost carbon capture and other low-carbon technologies, alongside must-pass spending legislation for the remainder of fiscal year 2021.

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Biden to pick 2020 rival Buttigieg as DOT chief

The Department of Transportation (DOT) is expected to have a significant focus on cutting carbon emissions from vehicles during the incoming Biden administration.

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IPI says EPA ‘vastly understates’ methane rule costs

New York University’s Institute for Policy Integrity finds that EPA’s errors in cost-benefit analysis render the oil and gas methane rule rollback unlawful.

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Environmentalists criticize Exxon’s five-year GHG reduction plan

The plan is “a baby step when big strides are what is needed. These commitments are falling short of the ambition and the urgency that we need,” says Environmental Defense Fund Senior Director Ben Ratner.

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Pelosi renews House select climate change panel

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) says the committee in the next Congress will focus on enacting “solutions” with the incoming Biden administration.

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DOJ fights environmentalists’ push for stay of EPA oil & gas leak rule

The Department of Justice on EPA’s behalf says environmental groups have failed to justify why a federal appeals court should issue a stay halting implementation of the drilling sector air rule.

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EPA Scrambles To Publish Deregulatory Rules Before Trump Term Ends

Trump EPA officials are scrambling to complete work on a handful of major deregulatory measures in the coming weeks amid a looming informal deadline to send final versions of rules to the Federal Register in time for them to be formally published before the incoming Biden administration takes office Jan. 20 and can quickly block them.

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House Republicans warn Federal Reserve on climate signals

A group of House Republicans is raising concerns “about the Federal Reserve Board potentially introducing climate change scenarios into its supervisory stress test of regulated banks.”

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Biden Appears To Shift Away From California’s Nichols As EPA Chief

It appears increasingly likely that President-elect Joe Biden will not select retiring California Air Resources Board (CARB) chief Mary Nichols as his EPA administrator nominee following opposition from environmental justice (EJ) advocates, amid some indications he could announce his choice as soon as this week.

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