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EPA granted oil giant Exxon 'small refiner' waiver for 2017 RFS

The oil giant received a small refiner waiver from 2017 renewable fuel standard (RFS) mandates, reports say, while an appellate court is readying argument in a suit over the 2018 RFS.

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Sierra Club threatens EPA with ESA suit over final 2019 RFS

Environmentalists claim EPA failed to consult with wildlife agencies on how its final 2019 renewable fuel standard would affect endangered species as required by statute.

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Subtle Industry Split Emerges Over Scope Of EPA Methane Rule Rollback

A subtle split is emerging in the oil and gas sector over the scope of EPA's efforts to roll back Obama-era methane standards for the industry, with smaller producers arguing the plan does not go far enough and should indefinitely defer rules for low-production wells while larger firms are embracing some level of regulation for existing equipment.

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Northeastern States Agree To Craft 'Cap & Invest' Transportation GHG Plan

Nine Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states are agreeing to develop a “cap-and-invest” plan to reduce transportation greenhouse gas emissions and bolster clean infrastructure by the end of 2019 -- the culmination of a multi-year effort to agree on a climate policy for the sector that is now the region's top source of carbon emissions.

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Pennsylvania's Wolf Weighs GHG Petition, Opening Door To Joining RGGI

Pennsylvania's recently re-elected Democratic governor says he is weighing the merits of a petition urging the state to create a cap-and-trade system to reduce carbon emissions, a step that if approved could allow the Keystone State to join -- and significantly expand -- the Northeast Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) utility carbon market.

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UN Deal Highlights Trump's 'Schizophrenic' Climate Stance, Observers Say

The final deal diplomats reached at the two-week United Nations climate meeting in Poland highlighted the Trump administration's “schizophrenic” stance, combining politically combative messages like promoting fossil fuels with constructive efforts to implement the Paris Agreement, observers say.

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Scientific study reaffirms EPA's GHG endangerment finding

“New evidence lends increased support to the conclusion that [greenhouse] gases pose a danger to public health and welfare,” scientists say in a new peer-reviewed study.

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States, Utilities Seek EPA Certainty On Approvable ACE Compliance Plans

States and the utility industry are urging EPA to outline the elements of an approvable compliance plan for its proposed Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) power sector greenhouse gas rule as it aims to finalize the measure early next year, saying certainty on acceptable state plans is vital to address fears they could include competing measures.

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House Democrats Refine Early Focus On Climate Risks, GHG Rule Rollbacks

House Democrats are refining their plans to make climate change an early focus of their oversight when they re-take control of the chamber in January, with lawmakers saying they are still crafting the finer points of their agenda though many have come to terms with the revival of a select committee that will focus exclusively on climate issues.

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Youth climate plaintiffs urge 9th Circuit to deny DOJ appeal

“Every passing day is crucial for the ability of these young Plaintiffs to protect their fundamental rights to life, liberty, and property from the 'direct existential threat' of climate change,” a new court filing argues.

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