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Climate Policy Watch

GM Plant Closures Point To Muddled Politics Of Auto GHG Rule Rollback

General Motors' recent plans to idle several auto assembly plants in Michigan, Ohio and elsewhere appears to be muddying the Trump administration's hope for a political victory from its roll back of vehicle fuel economy and greenhouse gas rules, even as GM cited market trends that industry has long argued require eased standards.

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Senate confirms McNamee for open FERC slot

The nominee was confirmed on a party-line vote with even Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), a strong coal supporter, voting against the nominee due to concerns that he does not take climate science seriously.

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EPA's New Coal Plant Rollback Proposes Significant Increase In CO2 Rate

The Trump administration's imminent proposal to roll back the Obama administration's greenhouse gas rule for new coal-fired power plants will dramatically raise the allowable emissions rate of carbon dioxide by almost 60 percent for some units, a move that will end the current rule's implied mandate for partial carbon capture, according to an EPA statement obtained by Inside EPA.

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FERC's Narrow GHG Reviews For Gas Pipeline Approvals Face Court Tests

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC) narrow reviews of greenhouse gas and climate issues in its approvals of natural gas pipelines and other energy projects are facing their first tests in a pair of lawsuits in a key appellate court, after that court earlier required broad GHG considerations for a separate pipeline.

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Xcel's Ambitious Carbon-Free Goal At Odds With EPA Climate Rollbacks

A major utility with operations in eight Western and Midwestern states is vowing to sharply cut greenhouse gases over the next decade and eliminate all carbon emissions by 2050, expanding on moves by other utilities in the region to quickly drop coal despite the Trump EPA's ongoing efforts to rescind Obama-era climate rules and encourage new coal plants.

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EAB urged to uphold carbon regeneration permit

EPA and a Colorado River tribal government are defending a Resource Conservation & Recovery Act permit for carbon regeneration against a facility’s complex legal challenge.

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Groups Ramp Up Bid To Obtain EPA Vehicle GHG Rule Cost Assumptions

Environmentalists are joining Capitol Hill Democrats in an effort to obtain more information on EPA cost assumptions related to the Trump administration's planned rollback of vehicle fuel economy and greenhouse gas standards, arguing the agency has improperly ignored its own data in favor of more pessimistic estimates from the Transportation Department.

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Senators, EV Backers Redouble Deployment Calls To Tackle Climate Change

Two Senate Democrats are re-introducing legislation to create an ambitious national zero emissions vehicle (ZEV) mandate to be overseen by EPA, offering a rebuttal of calls to scrap state ZEV and greenhouse gas rules and joining broader calls from electric vehicle (EV) supporters to hike deployment of the cars to address climate change.

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Facing Court Losses, White House Mulls Limited NEPA Climate Guidance

Following a series of court losses, the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) is mulling narrow new guidance to federal agencies for how to consistently consider greenhouse gas emissions in National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) reviews, after it withdrew a detailed guide the Obama CEQ issued on the topic after years of work.

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Carper seeks EPA data downplaying climate report

The top Democrat on the Senate environment committee charges that Andrew Wheeler's comments downplaying the climate assessment contradict his confirmation pledge not to “distort” scientific studies.

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