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Climate Policy Watch

API Pushes Voluntary Methane Program As Alternative To EPA, State Rules

The American Petroleum Institute (API) is touting its voluntary program for reducing methane leaks from gas production as an alternative to regulations being sought by Colorado and other states, as well as a guide for the Trump EPA to follow as it reconsiders Obama-era rules designed to curb drilling-related air emissions.

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Senate Panel Backs Sweeping Highway Bill, Despite EV, Permit Concerns

The Senate environment committee has unanimously approved a sweeping renewal of the federal highway program despite complaints from environmentalists about its provisions streamlining project permitting and some free-market groups concerned about funding for electric vehicle (EV) chargers.

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Ewire: Automakers strike deal on ZEV rules with Colorado

In today’s Ewire: The industry’s agreement with Colorado on ZEV rules could be an implicit acknowledgement that it believes California’s authority will ultimately prevail, despite EPA’s preemption plans.

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EPA proposes to partially approve California landfill methane plan

EPA faces a court-ordered Sept. 6 deadline to take final action on California and four other states’ compliance plans for the rule, even as it is crafting a separate proposal to significant extend several deadlines in the rule.

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Senate Panel Speeds Action On Highway Bill With Landmark Climate Title

The Senate Environment & Public Works (EPW) Committee is accelerating its plan to advance a bipartisan transportation funding bill with a first-ever climate change title along with permit streamlining provisions, moving up its planned markup from Aug. 1 to July 30, just one day after the bill was introduced.

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Auto Deal Curbs CO2 Gains To Keep Push On Low-Carbon Technology

California’s agreement with four major automakers on vehicle fuel economy appears to significantly reduce environmental gains compared to current, Obama-era rules but would extend policies -- including generous credits for electric vehicles (EVs) -- that prod continued advancement in low-carbon vehicle technologies, observers say.

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Ratings firm Moody’s boosts climate risk analysis

The credit ratings agency has acquired a controlling share of Four Twenty Seven, which provides data and analysis on the physical risks of climate change to corporations.

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Senate Highway Bill To Include Funds For GHG Cuts, Permit Streamlining

A bipartisan highway funding bill to be introduced in the Senate Environment & Public Works (EPW) Committee on July 29 will include new funding for discretionary projects that reduce highway greenhouse gas emissions, one of several measures in the bill to lower emissions in the transport sector, which is now the country’s largest share of GHGs.

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Democrats Seek Political Middle Ground At Hearing On ‘Deep’ GHG Cuts

Top House Democrats are defending a technology-neutral approach to achieving “deep” carbon reductions throughout the economy even though some climate advocates question key low-carbon options, while the lawmakers are also rejecting the notion that an “innovation” agenda favored by the GOP is sufficient.

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House lawmakers renew calls for IRS guide on CCS credit

“It is imperative that project developers have IRS rules and other guidance in the near term,” says a group of 31 House lawmakers from both parties that support carbon capture technology.

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