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Climate Policy Watch

Carper seeks five GAO studies on climate impacts

 The Democratic senator is urging the Government Accountability Office to prepare five studies examining how climate change threatens waste storage, energy infrastructure, chemical facilities and flood-related infrastructure.

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EPA Loss On Landfill Suit Standing Claim Boosts Role Of High Court Ruling

EPA’s recent failure to limit the ability of states to sue over the agency’s slow implementation of Obama-era landfill methane rule could raise the importance of the Supreme Court’s landmark Massachusetts v. EPA ruling that gave states “special solicitude” to bring climate suits, given that many Trump administration climate rollbacks will soon wind up in court.

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Seeking Broad Support, Democrats Float CES To Achieve Utility Carbon Cuts

Supporters of the new clean energy standard (CES) proposal in Congress say it is a politically achievable roadmap for major power sector greenhouse gas cuts, and that the plan could get a political boost by building on numerous similar state programs and by including support for a broad suite of low-carbon technologies.

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EPA faces increasing pressure to halt ‘small’ refiner RFS waivers

House lawmakers are urging EPA to stop granting renewable fuel standard waivers to refiners, while biofuels producers are asking a federal appeals court to bar issuance of any new waivers.

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CARB's Truck NOx Paper Prompts New Talk Of Voluntary National Program

California's white paper outlining regulatory options for strict heavy-duty truck nitrogen oxides (NOx) rules, which the state could impose more quickly than expected EPA standards, is prompting renewed industry interest in interim, voluntary national standards in exchange for the state creating a more flexible set of limits.

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Democratic lawmakers float clean energy standard bill

The lawmakers say the standard in their bill would cut power sector carbon emissions by “nearly” 80 percent by 2035 carbon emissions by “nearly” 80 percent by 2035 compared to a 2005 baseline.

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While Pursuing Rule, Colorado Explores Voluntary ZEV Pact With Industry

Colorado officials are outlining key issues they say must be included in a potential voluntary zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) sales agreement with automakers, while simultaneously advancing a rulemaking that would require an increasing number of annual ZEV sales based on California’s sales mandate.

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Colorado environmentalists sue oil & gas drillers over permit dispute

WildEarth Guardians argues that oil and gas companies have unlawfully begun operations without going through the permitting process during a 90-day “grace period.”

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Former Obama EPA Adviser Offers Blueprint for Post-2020 Climate Agenda

A new climate change policy blueprint from a top former Obama EPA official prioritizes a post-2020 push on cap-and-trade legislation for power plants and various industrial sectors over new Clean Air Act regulations, while recommending other administrative and legislative policies for an “ambitious but achievable” agenda.

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Former Obama EPA Adviser Offers Blueprint For Post-2020 Climate Agenda

A new climate change policy blueprint from a top former Obama EPA official prioritizes a post-2020 push on cap-and-trade legislation for power plants and various industrial sectors over new Clean Air Act regulations, while recommending other administrative and legislative policies for an “ambitious but achievable” agenda.

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