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Climate Policy Watch

Ahead Of Arguments In Trailer GHG Suit, D.C. Circuit Punts On Stay Ask

As a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit prepares for Sept. 15 oral arguments in a challenge to Obama-era trailer greenhouse gas and fuel economy rules, the judges are deferring a ruling on the industry’s late-hour push to block key requirements from taking effect as scheduled Jan. 1.

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States challenge EPA rollback of oil & gas methane limits

Nearly two dozen states are filing suit in appellate court to challenge EPA’s final rule that scraps direct methane limits for the oil and gas industry.

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Bipartisan Hill group pushes CCUS bill in defense law

Over three dozen lawmakers from both parties in the House and Senate are urging the top lawmakers on defense policy committees to include a carbon capture bill in this year’s defense policy legislation.

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Newsom Says California Will Accelerate Climate Change Goals Amid Fires

As a response to the devastation California is experiencing from numerous raging wildfires that have been exacerbated by climate change, Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) says the state will accelerate its suite of climate change and clean energy targets, policies and programs.

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Oil Sector Asks 1st Circuit To Split With Other Courts In Climate Nuisance Suit

An oil sector attorney at Sept. 11 oral arguments sought to persuade a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit to break with three other circuit courts and find that Rhode Island’s climate change nuisance suit against the industry belongs in federal court, not state court where it was originally filed.

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District court judge rejects request for injunction of CEQ’s NEPA rule

Environmentalists had urged a federal district court to grant a preliminary injunction blocking the White House’s overhaul of National Environmental Policy Act rules from taking effect Sept. 14.

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Agriculture sector petitions EPA for crop carbon neutrality rule

The Biogenic CO2 Coalition, which includes multiple agriculture sector trade groups, is formally calling for a rule that would declare crop residues carbon neutral under Clean Air Act permits.

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EPA Defends ‘Implicit’ Authority To Scrap California Auto GHG Waiver

The Justice Department (DOJ) is rebutting critics’ claims that EPA and the Transportation Department unlawfully preempted state vehicle greenhouse gas programs, arguing EPA has "implicit” authority to revoke California’s preemption waiver, and that there are not sufficient "reliance interests” to block the move.

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Barrasso, Carper Announce Bipartisan Deal on EPA HFC Phasedown

Key senators say they have reached a bipartisan deal on legislation requiring EPA to implement a 15-year phasedown of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), a compromise that could pave the way for enactment of the measure after months of clashing over the climate policy that has also stalled comprehensive energy legislation.

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White House, critics submit final briefs in NEPA rule injunction case

Environmentalists want to block the Trump administration’s National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) rule overhaul from taking effect as planned Sept. 14, but the White House says their suit should be dismissed.

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