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EPA faces increasing pressure to halt ‘small’ refiner RFS waivers

House lawmakers are urging EPA to stop granting renewable fuel standard waivers to refiners, while biofuels producers are asking a federal appeals court to bar issuance of any new waivers.

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CARB's Truck NOx Paper Prompts New Talk Of Voluntary National Program

California's white paper outlining regulatory options for strict heavy-duty truck nitrogen oxides (NOx) rules, which the state could impose more quickly than expected EPA standards, is prompting renewed industry interest in interim, voluntary national standards in exchange for the state creating a more flexible set of limits.

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Democratic lawmakers float clean energy standard bill

The lawmakers say the standard in their bill would cut power sector carbon emissions by “nearly” 80 percent by 2035 carbon emissions by “nearly” 80 percent by 2035 compared to a 2005 baseline.

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While Pursuing Rule, Colorado Explores Voluntary ZEV Pact With Industry

Colorado officials are outlining key issues they say must be included in a potential voluntary zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) sales agreement with automakers, while simultaneously advancing a rulemaking that would require an increasing number of annual ZEV sales based on California’s sales mandate.

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Colorado environmentalists sue oil & gas drillers over permit dispute

WildEarth Guardians argues that oil and gas companies have unlawfully begun operations without going through the permitting process during a 90-day “grace period.”

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Former Obama EPA Adviser Offers Blueprint for Post-2020 Climate Agenda

A new climate change policy blueprint from a top former Obama EPA official prioritizes a post-2020 push on cap-and-trade legislation for power plants and various industrial sectors over new Clean Air Act regulations, while recommending other administrative and legislative policies for an “ambitious but achievable” agenda.

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Former Obama EPA Adviser Offers Blueprint For Post-2020 Climate Agenda

A new climate change policy blueprint from a top former Obama EPA official prioritizes a post-2020 push on cap-and-trade legislation for power plants and various industrial sectors over new Clean Air Act regulations, while recommending other administrative and legislative policies for an “ambitious but achievable” agenda.

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California Examines Potential Effects Of Trump Vehicle GHG Rule Rollback

Multiple California agencies are scheduling a special meeting to review the potential air quality, economic, transportation and housing effects of the Trump administration’s pending rollback of vehicle greenhouse gas and fuel economy standards, which will also include analysis for other states that have adopted the Golden State’s tougher rules.

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Carper Blasts OIRA For Stonewalling EPA IG’s Glider Rule Oversight

Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE) is stepping up his criticism of the White House regulatory review office over its allegedly unprecedented step of refusing to cooperate with oversight requests from EPA’s Inspector General (IG), which is investigating the office’s role in agency efforts to roll back greenhouse gas limits on so-called glider trucks.

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NRDC urges NAFTA replacement to cite Paris climate deal

Any “modern” trade agreement that ignores climate change is a “non-starter,” according to NRDC, though it is highly unlikely the Trump administration would restart talks to address the issue.

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