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Wyoming Lawmakers Suggest Appeal Of Landmark NEPA GHG Ruling

Wyoming’s congressional delegation is suggesting the Trump administration may need to appeal a landmark district court ruling that temporarily blocked oil and gas leasing in the state until officials completed a robust National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review of the proposed projects’ greenhouse gas impacts.

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USDA chief floats RFS options in wake of refiner waivers

Some of the options, like rescinding waivers, face “significant legal risk,” says Clearview Energy Partners, an independent research firm.

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EPA Proposes Flexible Landfill Methane Plan, But Delays Compliance Dates

EPA in a new proposed rule outlines flexible compliance options for states and industry to follow in a federal plan for limiting methane emissions from municipal solid waste (MSW) landfills, but the rule may prove moot given the agency’s recent extensions of compliance dates for states to issue their own plans or face direct federal standards.

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Court rejects FOIA suit to force release of vehicle GHG model

Environmentalists have lost their bid to force release of an EPA computer model they argue would help undermine the agency’s efforts to roll back Obama-era vehicle greenhouse gas standards.

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Trump Backers Downplay California Auto GHG Deal Amid Industry Unease

Supporters of the Trump administration’s bid to freeze Obama-era vehicle greenhouse gas and fuel economy rules are seeking to downplay the significance of California’s voluntary deal with four major automakers on the issue, despite increasing signs that other auto companies might join the pact or spurn the Trump rollback.

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EPA Truck NOx Plan May Slip To Late 2020, Boosting Split With California

EPA’s stated February timeline for issuing a proposal to put new limits on nitrogen oxides (NOx) from heavy-duty trucks appears likely to slip until fall 2020, likely ensuring California will move forward sooner with its own standards and underscoring how the issue will either be a second-term priority for the Trump EPA or an unresolved topic for the next administration.

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California governor confirms Mercedes to join GHG standards deal

“This was a big blow to the Trump administration, what we were able to accomplish, and I don’t think they saw it coming,” Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) said of the state’s voluntary agreement with four auto companies.

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GHG ‘Endangerment’ Questions Loom In Upcoming Oil & Gas NSPS Plan

Observers are closely watching how EPA will navigate the legal questions surrounding greenhouse gas “endangerment” in its forthcoming proposal to upend Obama-era oil and gas methane rules, including whether and to what degree it embraces industry claims that the rules omitted a required sector- or pollutant-specific risk review.

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Economists Say California May Need Credit Price Hike To Speed GHG Cuts

Economists are warning that California’s transportation and industrial sector greenhouse gas cuts are lagging behind trajectories for achieving the state’s 2030 emission target, elevating prospects that the state’s economy-wide cap-and-trade program will be under increasing pressure to make up the difference by raising carbon allowance prices.

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North Carolina, Wisconsin governors outline clean power goals

Executive actions by Democratic governors in the two states aim to achieve major carbon cuts in the power sector, but GOP majorities in the states’ legislatures could block more ambitious policy.

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