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Climate Policy Watch

Climate Backers Pin Hopes On Next Virus Bill After Stimulus Spurns Push

Supporters of climate and environmental measures are turning their hopes to a potential “phase 4” bill to respond to the coronavirus pandemic after lawmakers spurned a suite of proposals in an unprecedented $2 trillion stimulus package speeding toward approval this this week.

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D.C. Circuit urged to reverse rejection of RFS case consolidation

Despite biogas producers’ call for reconsideration, appellate judges appear unlikely to revise their order keeping lawsuits over EPA’s 2019 and 2020 renewable fuel standards separate.

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Judge Grants Exxon Motion To Stay CLF’s Novel CWA Climate Change Case

In a potential setback for environmentalists, a federal district court judge has put on hold their novel litigation challenging the lack of climate change considerations in a Clean Water Act (CWA) discharge permit for an ExxonMobil oil terminal, finding it is appropriate to wait until EPA finalizes a renewed permit for the facility next year.

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EPW converts hearing on HFC bill to ‘information’ process

The Senate environment committee previously scheduled a hearing on the HFC bill after a Senate floor clash on whether to it the bipartisan bill to a broader energy policy package.

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Coronavirus response bill prompts clash over green priorities

Senate Republicans charge that Democrats are blocking up a coronavirus economic response bill “unless they get to dust off the Green New Deal.”

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Coronavirus response bill prompts clash over environmental priorities

Senate Republicans charge that Democrats are blocking up a coronavirus economic response bill “unless they get to dust off the Green New Deal.”

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Groups Say Coronavirus Highlights Need For Climate Adaptation, GHG Cuts

Environmental groups and analysts that support more ambitious steps to address climate change are urging the federal government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic to include a broad shift to clean energy, while noting that the public health crisis is underscoring the importance of preparing for climate-related disasters like extreme weather.

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States urge 9th Circuit to reject EPA landfill methane plan delay

States and environmental groups are charging that EPA’s August 2019 rule delaying deadlines in an Obama-era landfill methane rule should not override a prior court order requiring it to implement the standards.

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FERC approves Oregon LNG export terminal

Federal energy regulators’ approval of the Jordan Cove LNG terminal is conditioned on the developer securing the state permits it needs to proceed, and Oregon has objected to the project.

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ACE plaintiffs ask court to delay briefing due to virus

Challengers to EPA’s Affordable Clean Energy utility climate rule are seeking an additional three weeks to file their opening brief in the litigation, due to the widespread fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.

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