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Climate Policy Watch

States Active On Climate Rules To Embrace Biden Officials As ‘Partners’

States that have taken more-aggressive action on climate change during the Trump era are weighing whether to reassess some measures in order to align them with the incoming Biden EPA, which is expected to launch a similarly ambitious regulatory agenda to limit greenhouse gases when it takes office in January.

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IMO Panel Approves Draft Shipping GHG Policies Critics Say Are Too Weak

An environmental panel of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the global body that sets regulatory standards for shipping, has approved draft policies to curb greenhouse gas emissions that environmentalists and some industry groups have criticized for being too weak, paving the way for formal adoption of the measures.

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4th Circuit Waiver Ruling Further Complicates EPA’s Future Plans For RFS

A federal appeals court ruling scrapping EPA’s denial of a renewable fuel standard (RFS) compliance waiver for a small West Virginia refiner further complicates the agency’s efforts to plan for the future of the RFS, creating new legal questions about dozens of pending waiver requests amid ongoing Supreme Court litigation over the waiver policy.

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Industry-environmentalist coalition urges passage of HFC deal

An industry and environmentalist coalition is urging lawmakers during the lame-duck session to enact long-pending bipartisan legislation that would give EPA new authority to phase down hydrofluorocarbons.

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USFS finalizes controversial NEPA exclusion rule

The agency-specific regulation comes amid continued legal wrangling over the White House’s sweeping rule streamlining how all agencies implement the National Environmental Policy Act.

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NYU’s Revesz mentioned as contender to lead Biden EPA

New York University environmental law professor Ricky Revesz, who founded the school’s Institute for Policy Integrity, is reportedly being considered for EPA chief under the incoming Biden administration.

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Policy expert says ‘green’ stimulus boosts U.S. climate ‘credibility’

Alden Meyer, a long-time international climate policy expert, says the incoming Biden administration should focus its efforts on enacting low-carbon measures in economic stimulus legislation.

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Agriculture, Environmental Groups Urge EPA To Boost Carbon Storage

An expanding coalition of agriculture, forestry and environmental groups is floating dozens of steps to boost carbon storage and achieve greenhouse gas cuts, including for EPA to update lifecycle GHG analysis for fuels that qualify under its renewable fuels standard (RFS) to account for the industry’s efficiency gains.

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Biden Touts Advisor’s Broad Roles In Face Of Environmentalists’ Criticisms

President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team is touting the broad roles that newly appointed “public engagement” advisor, Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-LA), will play in addressing climate change, environmental justice and other issues even as his selection is drawing criticism from environmentalists who say he has been too close to polluting industries.

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EPA Unveils Vehicle Air Model Update But Doubts Linger Over 2020 NEI

EPA has unveiled a major update to its motor vehicle emissions simulator (MOVES) tool that aims to improve estimates of autos’ air pollution used in rulemakings and the agency’s 2020 National Emissions Inventory (NEI), amid doubts over the accuracy of the latest NEI due to air quality changes resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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