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Climate Policy Watch

Researchers Back ‘Clean Products Standard’ As Carbon Tax Alternative

The independent research firm Rhodium Group is floating a “clean products standard” (CPS) for industrial manufacturers, arguing the market-based policy might be politically more favorable than a carbon tax and is needed because the sector will soon surpass transportation and power generation as the country’s largest greenhouse gas emitter.

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Research group finds EPA undercounts costs of air pollution

The agency is undercounting the health costs of air pollution and in turn is underestimating the value of stringent Clean Air Act rules, according to an economic consulting firm.

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Wheeler Touts West Virginia’s Forthcoming ACE Compliance Strategy

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler is applauding West Virginia and potentially other states for beginning to submit compliance strategies for the agency’s narrow Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) power plant greenhouse gas rule, arguing the move shows concrete progress on implementing the rule.

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Conservative Group Urges Biden EPA To Speed Permitting Of CCS Wells

A group that endorses “conservative” clean energy policies is urging the incoming Biden administration to speed EPA permitting of carbon dioxide injection wells by reviewing its standards for long-term CO2 storage and allowing oil recovery projects to follow less prescriptive well requirements in at least some cases.

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CARB Tightens HFC Limits For Cooling Equipment, But Eases Deadlines

The California air board is advancing a sweeping set of rules requiring manufacturers of refrigeration and air conditioning (A/C) systems to dramatically reduce the use of high global warming-potential (GWP) hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), but it is also relaxing several key deadlines in response to industry opposition.

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EDF says state GHG policies need more ambition

The environmental group says the 25 members of the U.S. Climate Alliance should boost their climate mitigation policies in order to align with international goals.

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Waterkeeper Asks Biden To Reverse Trump CWA Policies In First 100 Days

The Waterkeeper Alliance is urging the incoming Biden administration to issue several executive orders (EOs) in its first 100 days to reverse controversial Trump administration policies on the Clean Water Act (CWA), environmental justice, the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and fossil fuels.

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Biofuels industry touts GHG benefits of greater ethanol use

Ethanol advocates are pressing for increased ethanol use to curb greenhouse gas emissions, although the incoming Biden administration is eyeing boosts to electric vehicle sales.

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OECD urges regulators to weigh brake, tire wear PM in vehicle air policies

Switching from gasoline and diesel vehicles to electric cars will not address harmful auto emissions of particulate matter, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development warns.

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CAAAC Weighs Hurdles For Ambitious Biden EPA Climate Change Policies

Members of EPA’s Clean Air Act Advisory Committee (CAAAC) are weighing potential hurdles facing the incoming Biden administration’s ambitious climate change agenda, noting the divided Congress means the agency will be the main focus of climate policies but will also need to avoid regulatory overreach or inconsistent rulemakings.

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