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Climate Policy Watch

Despite Few Real-World Impacts, NSPS Coal Proposal To Face Challenges

EPA is acknowledging that its new proposal to weaken greenhouse gas limits for new coal plants will have few real-world effects because no new domestic coal plants are planned, though environmentalists are strongly opposing the measure anyway in part because it could allow a dangerous precedent of setting lax Clean Air Act standards.

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Wehrum says ACE NSR changes won't expand to other sectors

EPA will not extend a proposed alternative emissions test for new source review (NSR), included in its power plant greenhouse gas rule, to other sectors, says the agency's air chief.

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House Democrats Eye RFS Reform Despite Worsening Prospects For Deal

House Democrats plan to hold hearings on reforming EPA's renewable fuel standard (RFS) with a greater focus on the program's environmental impacts when they take over the lower chamber in January, but sources note that push-back on reform options at a Dec. 11 House hearing shows prospects for achieving a legislative deal are worsening.

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States cite climate report in urging EPA to withdraw GHG rollbacks

“In the face of its own stark assessment, the Trump EPA continues to advance reckless plans to gut crucial controls on climate change pollution,” a coalition of states and cities write.

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Possible Stay Looms As Barrier To EPA Vehicle GHG Rollback Certainty

Critics of the Trump administration's plans to roll back strict vehicle efficiency standards are increasingly suggesting courts could stay the controversial effort, underscoring the growing pressure on the administration to either shore up its justification for the rollback or modify it, as well as industry's present inability to bank on the plan.

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Economists Slam Vehicle GHG Rule Freeze, Critique 'Flawed' Cost Analysis

Economists are renewing their strong criticism of the Trump administration's proposal to freeze vehicle fuel economy and greenhouse gas standards, detailing the plan's “pessimistic” stance on the cost of meeting current standards and floating a “safety valve” that could limit such costs without rolling back the rules.

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Democrats seek regular Trump updates on Paris climate deal

Quarterly updates on the Trump administration's approach to the Paris Agreement would “force the administration to acknowledge the dangers of withdrawal, again and again,” two House Democrats say.

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Conservatives Eye Data Law To Force Retraction Of Trump's Climate Study

Conservatives usually allied with the Trump administration are considering filing a data quality petition to force officials to withdraw or correct their recently released National Climate Assessment (NCA), charging it is flawed, undercuts the president's pledges to reexamine climate science and will drive suits to force regulatory action.

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EDF seeks EPA correspondence with law firms on rollbacks

The suit marks the seventh Freedom of Information Act lawsuit the group has filed against the Trump administration.

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Wheeler Gives Uncertain Defense Of CO2 Levels In Power Plant NSPS Rollback

Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler is offering a relatively uncertain defense of the carbon dioxide standards in the agency's just-proposed rollback of Obama-era requirements for new coal plants, telling reporters that the proposed limits might be tightened in response to comments on the plan.

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