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Atlantic Council report touts ‘sustainable’ jet fuel to curb air pollution

Sustainable jet fuel could lead to significant reductions in conventional air pollution that incentivizes regulators and lawmakers to promote the fuel’s use, according to the nonpartisan think tank’s report.

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Briefing concludes in long-running trailer GHG rule litigation

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit will hear oral argument in the long-running case Sept. 15.

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Democrats Tout Infrastructure Bill With Major Environment Provisions

House Democrats are formally introducing a sweeping $1.5 trillion infrastructure bill that includes numerous environmental and clean energy provisions, including a mandate to factor greenhouse gas emissions into transportation planning, extend clean energy tax credits and study whether EPA data could be used to impose future carbon fees.

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Carbon Pricing Backers Embrace FERC Conference On State Programs

Carbon pricing supporters are tentatively applauding the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) decision to hold a detailed workshop on state pricing programs this fall, even though they caution that the conference might not signal a shift in the GOP-controlled panel’s approach to power sector climate policy.

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DOJ defends decision to announced shelved auto GHG probe

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), who has been pressing the department on the issue, says he is unsatisfied by the explanation and is pushing House lawmakers to raise the issue at a hearing this week.

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DOJ defends since-shelved auto GHG antitrust probe

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), who has been pressing the department on the issue, says he is unsatisfied by the explanation and is pushing House lawmakers to raise the issue at a hearing this week.

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Colorado Halts ‘Illegal’ Forest Clearing For Coal Mine Amid Federal Inaction

Colorado officials have halted what environmentalists say is illegal forest clearing by a coal company for a controversial mine expansion project, with the company pressing ahead even though a federal appeals court overturned its approval for the work due to a flawed environmental review.

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Court sets schedule in suit over EPA existing source methane rule

The development in the lawsuit comes even though Trump officials in the coming weeks appear poised to complete a regulation that would undercut the legal basis for such oil and gas rules.

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Sens. Thune, Shaheen float bill to accelerate RFS fuel approvals

The two pro-biofuels senators are pressing EPA to speed its approvals of advanced biofuels to qualify for credit under the renewable fuel standard.

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Wheeler tours swing states to tout Trump environment record

“Given the polling, it makes sense Wheeler would be heading to battlegrounds to greenwash Trump’s abysmal record,” one environmentalist says of Wheeler’s recent visits to Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Georgia.

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