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Climate Policy Watch

Groups Say Coronavirus Highlights Need For Climate Adaptation, GHG Cuts

Environmental groups and analysts that support more ambitious steps to address climate change are urging the federal government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic to include a broad shift to clean energy, while noting that the public health crisis is underscoring the importance of preparing for climate-related disasters like extreme weather.

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States urge 9th Circuit to reject EPA landfill methane plan delay

States and environmental groups are charging that EPA’s August 2019 rule delaying deadlines in an Obama-era landfill methane rule should not override a prior court order requiring it to implement the standards.

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FERC approves Oregon LNG export terminal

Federal energy regulators’ approval of the Jordan Cove LNG terminal is conditioned on the developer securing the state permits it needs to proceed, and Oregon has objected to the project.

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ACE plaintiffs ask court to delay briefing due to virus

Challengers to EPA’s Affordable Clean Energy utility climate rule are seeking an additional three weeks to file their opening brief in the litigation, due to the widespread fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.

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Businesses urge governors to back Northeast vehicle climate plan

Supporters of the program are seeking to highlight industry support for the effort, to counter resistance from some free-market and conservative groups.

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D.C. Circuit Denies Biogas Producers’ Drive To Accelerate 2020 RFS Suit

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has denied a request by biogas producers to hear lawsuits over its 2019 and 2020 renewable fuel standard (RFS) rules together, which EPA opposed and said would effectively accelerate litigation over the 2020 RFS and limit the agency’s ability to defend that rule.

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Final Vehicle GHG Rule Appears Near Despite Cost-Benefit Challenges

Trump administration officials are scrambling to rollback EPA’s vehicle greenhouse gas standards despite indications the rule could have little net benefit to society -- or even result in net costs -- with sources saying the administration is still targeting March 31 or shortly thereafter for its release.

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Coronavirus Raises Questions About Potential Delays For Key CARB Rules

The coronavirus pandemic is raising questions about whether the California air board must delay steps to formally propose, advance or finalize key regulations, with agency officials to date offering only general and inconclusive comments about how the public health crisis will affect their agendas.

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CCS backers seek higher FY21 funding for EPA, DOE programs

Increased funding would go toward EPA’s permitting program for carbon dioxide storage, as well as research and development efforts at the Energy Department.

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DOJ Leaves Door Open For Congress To Allow SEPs But Backers Doubtful

The Justice Department’s (DOJ) top environment official, Jeff Clark, is leaving the door open for Congress to specifically authorize the use of popular supplemental environmental projects (SEPs) in enforcement settlements, after he banned their use earlier this month, though supporters of the projects doubt lawmakers will act soon.

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