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Climate Policy Watch

State critics oppose EPA bid to speed ACE litigation

Democratic state’s challenging the Trump EPA’s rollback of power plant greenhouse gas rules argue that speeding court consideration of their suit would block a “fair” hearing of their claims.

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EPA air office deputy to depart

Clint Woods’ departure leaves OAR without permanent political leadership at a time when it is scrambling to complete a host of high-profile deregulatory measures.

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Judges Skeptical Of EPA On Auto GHG Finding, Suggesting New Snag

Judges appeared skeptical at Sept. 6 oral argument of Trump administration claims that EPA’s threshold determination that current vehicle greenhouse gas standards are no longer appropriate is not a final action ripe for review, potentially signaling a major roadblock for the administration’s effort to roll back the rules.

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EPA Draws New Industry Challenges To ACE Rule As Court Deadline Looms

Multiple groups representing the coal, biomass and electric utility sectors are filing litigation over EPA’s Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule governing power plant greenhouse gases ahead of a Sept. 6 deadline to submit legal challenges, though the groups appear likely to target different aspects of the regulation.

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Trump Escalates War Over California Auto Deal With EPA Warning, DOJ Probe

The Trump administration is escalating its war over California’s voluntary agreement with four automakers regarding vehicle greenhouse gas standards, launching a Justice Department (DOJ) probe into whether the automakers are violating federal antitrust laws and issuing an EPA warning that the deal is illegal and must be withdrawn.

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Biofuel, Oil Groups Battle Over 2020 RFS Ahead Of Trump’s Ethanol Boost

Biofuel producers and refiners are detailing competing legal arguments over whether EPA’s upcoming 2020 renewable fuel standard (RFS) should “reallocate” biofuels blending volumes to compensate for production lost to small refiner waivers, even before President Donald Trump readies a policy package designed to boost ethanol production.

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DOJ launches antitrust probe of auto firms that joined GHG deal

The Justice Department is looking at whether a voluntary vehicle emissions deal with California with four automakers is “effectively an agreement not to compete,” according to the Wall Street Journal.

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White House Expected To Speed California Preemption Before Auto Rule

The Trump administration appears poised to split its proposal to revoke California’s authority to enforce vehicle greenhouse gas curbs from its broader rule rolling back federal standards, with the new strategy advancing the preemption provisions on a quicker timeline than any rollback.

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House climate committee seeks input on broad range of policies

The panel is aiming to submit draft policy recommendations to relevant standing committees by March, with a final report slated for the following December.

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Democrats’ Broad Climate Alignment Masks Implementation Disputes

Top Democrats angling to take over the White House in 2020 are expressing broad agreement on major climate change policy goals, though candidates are seeking to distinguish themselves by who would be best suited to implement an aggressive strategy to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

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