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Climate Policy Watch

Environmentalists outline claims in 9th Circuit NEPA SCC suit

Environmental groups are appealing a lower court order that upheld the Trump administration’s decision not to use the social cost of carbon (SCC) in an environmental review of a coal mine expansion.

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Clean energy supporters urge lame duck Congress to advance incentives

A variety of clean energy and environmental groups are urging lawmakers to adopt tax breaks for various low-carbon technologies in must-pass legislation, while carbon capture proponents are pitching separate measures.

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Oil Firms Detail Push For High Court Reversal Of Climate Nuisance Ruling

Major oil companies are detailing their arguments for why the Supreme Court should overturn an appellate decision keeping Baltimore’s climate change nuisance case in state court rather than industry’s preferred venue of federal court -- a key procedural issue that could affect the fate of similar cases across the country.

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GOP-led states, oil sector ask high court to overturn RFS waiver ruling

Seven Republican-led states and two oil industry groups are urging the Supreme Court to overturn an appellate ruling barring many small refiners from receiving renewable fuel standard compliance waivers.

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Biden Officials Urged To Weigh ‘Decoupling’ EPA, NHTSA Auto Rules

The shift to the incoming Biden administration is reviving discussion about the possibility of “decoupling” EPA’s vehicle greenhouse gas rules from the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) fuel economy standards, a move some argue could open the way for EPA to more quickly spur the shift to electric vehicles (EVs).

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Court Again Blocks BLM Oil & Gas Leases Over Insufficient Climate Review

A federal district court for the second time is rejecting the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) climate change analysis for hundreds of oil and gas leases in Wyoming, blocking the leases and ordering BLM to redo its National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review, possibly allowing a Biden administration to entirely cancel the leases.

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Ongoing Transition Delays Might Hamper Biden’s Environmental Agenda

President Donald Trump’s ongoing refusal to begin formal transition activities for President-elect Joe Biden’s incoming administration is beginning to spark concerns of a disorderly transition at EPA and the Justice Department (DOJ) that could thwart Biden’s ability to quickly implement his environmental agenda.

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Environmentalists seek stay of revised EPA oil and gas NSPS

Almost a dozen environmental groups are urging an appellate court to stay part of EPA’s “reconsideration rule” that weakened or eliminated several air mandates for new oil and gas facilities.

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Biden-Aligned Group Floats Options For EPA To Boost Clean Power

A group of clean energy backers who supported Joe Biden’s presidential bid is floating a compendium of policy options for the Biden administration and Congress, including specific permit policies and analysis EPA might undertake to spur development of clean energy separately from revisions to power plant greenhouse gas rules.

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SAB Moves Closer To Support For EPA’s Revised Cost-Benefit Guidelines

EPA’s Science Advisory Board (SAB) is moving closer to supporting the agency’s revised guidelines on counting the costs and benefits of rules with a draft review of the plan that includes caveats on the “discount” rate and other issues, while readying a mildly critical review of a separate report on EPA’s use of “reduced-form” air quality models.

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