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Climate Policy Watch

As States Sue, They Warn ACE Rule Penalizes Existing GHG Programs

California and other states with market-based programs to cut power sector greenhouse gas emissions charge in a new suit that EPA’s Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule, which replaces the broader Obama-era Clean Power Plan (CPP), is unlawful under the Clean Air Act and penalizes states that try to work together to cut emissions.

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California reports 2017 GHG emissions decline

CARB says the state emitted 424 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent in 2017, the second year in a row in which GHG emissions fell below the state’s 2020 reduction target.

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Trump Under Pressure As Biofuels Groups Cry Foul Over New RFS Waivers

President Donald Trump is facing angry calls from biofuels groups and Farm Belt lawmakers to quickly intervene and mitigate the effects of a fresh round of EPA waivers exempting small refiners from renewable fuel standard (RFS) blending obligations, as the agricultural economy continues to suffer from a host of problems depressing farm incomes.

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Officials Strongly Criticize Limited GHG Review In Draft CEQ NEPA Guide

Current and former government officials are strongly criticizing a draft guidance crafted by the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) that instruct agencies to limit the scope of how they consider greenhouse gas emissions and climate impacts when conducting National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) reviews.

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Former Officials Criticize Limited GHG Review In Draft CEQ NEPA Guide

Current and former government officials are strongly criticizing a draft guidance crafted by the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) that instruct agencies to limit the scope of how they consider greenhouse gas emissions and climate impacts when conducting National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) reviews.

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Democrats, environmentalists blast Interior for ESA climate changes

The critics of new Endangered Species Act rules argue they could discourage federal agencies from fully considering the future impacts of climate change when making decisions.

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Draft DNC climate resolution sparks criticism on debate stance

The fight over the draft language points to the continuing pressures on Democrats to elevate climate change as an issue in 2020.

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Trump critics continue to attack analysis of auto GHG plan

A consumer group is out with a new report finding the plan will significantly boost drivers’ fuel costs, while environmentalists are renewing a legal bid to force EPA to release analysis they argue undercuts the Trump rollback.

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Unions urge 2020 candidates to support carbon cap, not tax

Several energy sector unions are also projecting that a “fair level of compensation” for workers displaced by major climate policy could be between $1 trillion and $3 trillion through 2040.

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States Cite NHTSA Penalty Rule In Lawsuit Over EPA Auto GHG ‘Finding’

Democratic-led states are seeking to use Trump officials’ regulatory statements against them in a pending legal challenge to a key EPA decision to weaken Obama-era vehicle greenhouse gas standards, arguing the administration in a separate rule acknowledges the agency’s decision is final and thus subject to court review.

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