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Climate Policy Watch

EPA Critics Float New Legal Claims In ACE Reconsideration Petitions

States and environmentalists opposed to EPA’s Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) power plant greenhouse gas rule are formally urging the agency to reconsider multiple aspects of the final regulation, arguing it relied on several legal claims and other provisions that were not subject to public comment.

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HEI launches fracking spinoff

The Health Effects Institute is launching HEI-Energy, an affiliate that will study the health effects of unconventional oil and natural gas development.

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Climate skeptic Happer to leave White House

William Happer, an adviser for the White House National Security Council, had failed to gain traction from the administration for a plan to challenge mainstream climate science.

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Carbon Tax Group Bolsters Plan In Bid To Court Environmentalists

An industry-backed group pushing Congress to enact a carbon tax-and-dividend policy is adding significant new details to its proposal, including a new suggestion that it might only seek to preempt EPA’s climate regulatory authority over stationary sources while allowing the agency to retain carbon rules for mobile sources.

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Antitrust Experts Say DOJ Probe Of Auto Deal Appears Aimed At Intimidation

Antitrust experts say the Justice Department’s (DOJ) inquiry into whether four automakers illegally colluded to stifle competition by joining an agreement with California officials to cut their greenhouse gases appears to be a politically driven effort to intimidate industry and aid the Trump administration’s move to roll back federal rules.

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Commission urges global push on climate adaptation

The Global Commission on Adaptation is urging governments and the private sector to make $1.8 trillion in climate adaptation investments over the next decade.

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Final SAFE Rule Likely To Order Modest Improvement In Vehicle GHGs

Top Trump officials appear to be settling on a strategy for its upcoming vehicle greenhouse gas and fuel economy rule that would not formally freeze Obama-era standards it is seeking to rollback but instead require a modest annual rate of improvement, though the precise timeline for moving the plan is still unclear.

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Final SAFE Rule Likely To Order Modest Improvement In Vehicle GHGs

Top Trump officials appear to be settling on a strategy for its upcoming vehicle greenhouse gas and fuel economy rule that would not formally freeze Obama-era standards it is seeking to rollback but instead require a modest annual rate of improvement, though the precise timeline for moving the plan is still unclear.

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Democrat floats CRA resolution targeting ACE climate rule

The Congressional Review Act resolution to block EPA’s Affordable Clean Energy climate rule could boost public critiques of the regulation.

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D.C. Circuit Leaves Door Open For RFS Small Refiner Waiver ‘Reallocation’

A recent federal appellate ruling appears to have left the door open to the Trump administration’s planned prospective “reallocation” of waived biofuel production under the renewable fuel standard (RFS) to compensate for blending mandates waived for small refiners, though such a policy is universally opposed by the oil sector.

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