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Climate Policy Watch

Major report sees ‘massive’ needs to meet 2050 climate goals

The study by Princeton University identifies a need for a “massive, nationwide effort” to reach the long-term climate target of achieving net-zero carbon emissions across the economy by mid-century.

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Oil & gas sector introduces voluntary program to limit flaring

The Environmental Partnership coalition of oil and gas companies is launching a bid to voluntarily reduce the amount of excess gases flared, or burned off, at their operations.

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Amid Continued Jockeying, Delay In Biden EPA Pick Suggests Fluid Dynamic

President-elect Joe Biden’s delay in announcing his choice for EPA administrator -- even as he is settling on his picks for other top energy and environment roles -- suggests that the decision remains highly fluid and that a formal announcement may not be imminent.

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Biden picks Mallory to run White House CEQ

Brenda Mallory currently leads the Southern Environmental Law Center’s regulatory practice and previously served as Council on Environmental Quality general counsel during the Obama administration.

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EPA defends HFC leak rule rollback but Biden might undo decision

The Trump administration is defending its decision not to require leak reduction mandates for hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), but the Biden administration or Congress could undo the action.

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Biden’s Emerging Environmental Policy Team Draws Mixed Reaction

President-elect Joe Biden’s emerging environment team -- including the choice of former EPA chief Gina McCarthy to be domestic climate “czar” -- is prompting a mix of initial praise from advocates along with consternation from policy experts that he reportedly has moved on from California’s Mary Nichols to be EPA chief.

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Experts Urge Biden DOJ To Take Major Role In Advancing Climate Justice

The incoming Biden administration’s Department of Justice (DOJ) can play a major role in advancing the president-elect’s climate agenda by revoking Trump-era policies barring supplemental environmental projects (SEPs) and a ban on settlement payments to third parties, and focusing its work through the lens of climate justice, say climate experts.

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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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