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CARB Defends Deal With Automakers Amid Doubts Over GHG Reductions

California Air Resources Board (CARB) officials are defending their recent voluntary agreement on vehicle greenhouse gases with four major auto companies in the face of new claims from researchers that the pact weakens existing Obama-era standards and may significantly curb its GHG emissions reduction benefits.

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Chamber, coal groups seek to back EPA in ACE suit

The two industry groups are supporting EPA’s defense of its Affordable Clean Energy rule in litigation filed by two public health groups that is expected to include many additional petitioners.

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Flurry Of Carbon Tax Bills Float Menu Of Stringency, Revenue Options

The flurry of bills introduced this Congress to impose a tax or other kind of price on carbon emissions throughout the economy are floating a menu of options regarding the stringency of the policy and the use of revenues, even as prospects for major climate legislation appear slim in the near term.

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Court Rejection Of Pipeline GHG Challenge Underscores Limits Of NEPA

A recent appellate decision upholding the adequacy of federal energy regulators’ greenhouse gas review of the Atlantic Sunrise natural gas pipeline shows the limits of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and environmentalists’ efforts to use the law to challenge agency approvals.

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EPA’s landfill methane rule deadline extension clears OMB

The final rule would extend a series of compliance deadlines for states and EPA under Obama-era methane standards, conflicting with a recent court order for the agency to speed implementation.

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CARB Prods Automakers To Join State GHG Program For MY20 Vehicles

California regulators appear to be prodding automakers that have not joined the state’s landmark voluntary deal with four manufacturers to begin formally following the state’s greenhouse gas standards starting in model year 2020, a year earlier than when the state rules are slated to diverge from EPA’s requirements.

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States sue to overturn NHTSA rule lowering CAFE penalties

The lawsuit targets the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s final rule rescinding an Obama-era penalty hike for violating fuel economy standards.

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Carbon Tax Adviser Optimistic Despite ‘Tricky’ GHG Rule Preemption Debate

AUSTIN, TX -- An adviser to an industry-backed group pushing for a carbon tax is expressing optimism about the broader policy’s chances in Congress over the next year but says that a portion of the plan to “streamline” EPA’s greenhouse gas regulatory authority in exchange for the tax could be the “trickiest” part to negotiate.

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White House Begins Review Of EPA-DOT Final Vehicle GHG Rule Rollback

The White House has begun inter-agency review of EPA and the Transportation Department’s (DOT) final rule rolling back Obama-era vehicle greenhouse gas and fuel efficiency standards, amid continued sharp opposition to the plan from California and even a rebuke from some automakers.

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Facing Risks, EPA’s Counsel Defends ‘Bold’ ACE Rule Legal Interpretation

AUSTIN, TX -- EPA General Counsel Matt Leopold is strongly defending the agency’s “bold” legal interpretation in its Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) utility climate rule that the Clean Air Act only allows “inside-the-fence” regulation, despite caution from some that the move carries significant risks for the Trump administration.

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