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Climate Policy Watch

Inslee Floats Detailed Plan For Deep GHG Cuts In Power, Transport, Buildings

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) is floating a broad and ambitious climate change platform that has the most detail from any 2020 presidential contender to date, touting an array of goals and policy proposals for slashing greenhouse gas emissions from the power sector, vehicles and buildings.

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Senators’ Call To Cut Ethanol Volumes Signals Upcoming RFS Reset Fight

A group of 15 GOP senators is urging EPA to cut ethanol blending volumes required under the renewable fuel standard (RFS) in the agency’s forthcoming proposal to “reset” statutory volumes for low-carbon cellulosic, signaling a coming fight with biofuel groups that are calling for EPA to increase corn ethanol volumes under the reset.

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Officials Face Risk As They Weigh Appeal On Ruling Reinstating Drilling Ban

Top Trump administration officials are debating whether to appeal a precedential federal court ruling reinstating an Obama-era ban on offshore drilling in much of the Arctic and parts of the Atlantic, a decision that could carry major legal and political risks for the administration’s deregulatory agenda and its efforts to encourage fossil fuel development.

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Sunrise group backtracks from critique of O'Rourke GHG plan

“We came out a bit too hot on Beto O'Rourke's climate plan,” says an official with the youth-oriented Sunrise Movement, referencing prior critiques of his call for net-zero economy-wide emissions by 2050.

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In Symbolic Move, House Approves Bill Barring Trump Exit From Paris Deal

The House on a mostly party-line vote has approved legislation that would bar President Donald Trump from leaving the Paris climate agreement, with Democrats arguing the bill shows they are committed to reducing greenhouse gases and that Republicans are supporting Trump's hostility toward most climate mitigation efforts.

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D.C. Circuit Wrestles With Venue For Suit On EPA Air Permit Policy Change

Appellate judges at May 1 oral argument wrestled with which circuit court has jurisdiction to hear environmentalists’ suit claiming a major Trump administration shift in Clean Air Act permitting policy barring the agency from “second guessing” states’ permit decisions is unlawful, but the judges did not indicate how they might rule.

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Exxon Faces Test In Bid To Delay Novel Climate Suit For New EPA Permit

Oil giant ExxonMobil is facing a key test as it seeks to stay a novel climate change suit to allow EPA to issue a new water permit that the company hopes will address most of the plaintiff's concerns and moot the first-of-its-kind suit, which alleges the company is violating permit terms because it is not doing enough to prevent releases caused by climate impacts.

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Report finds ‘devastating’ health harms from vehicle GHG plan

A new report by the former long-time head of the National Association of Clean Air Agencies finds that EPA’s proposed vehicle GHG rollback would “severely” undermine state attainment of national air quality standards.

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Utility AEP Tells House Democrats That Ratepayers Fund UARG Dues

American Electric Power (AEP) is confirming to House Democrats that ratepayers foot the bill for its membership in the Utility Air Regulatory Group (UARG), the long-time group that is losing members in the face of a House inquiry into its ties with EPA air chief Bill Wehrum, who represented the group when he served in private practice.

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IG blasts OMB for blocking glider truck investigation

The agency's inspector general says the White House budget office has been refusing to detail its process for reviewing the agency's controversial glider truck plan.

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