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Climate Policy Watch

Biden Officials Issue ‘Interim’ Carbon ‘Costs’ Based On Obama Approach

The Biden administration has unveiled its “interim” social cost of carbon (SCC) metric that will be used to calculate the benefits of climate change rules, restoring the Obama-era approach with an upward adjustment for inflation, even as the administration is conducting a broader overhaul of the metric for release in 2022.

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Environmental Equity Focus Could Constrain Biden EPA’s Climate Policy

President Joe Biden’s commitment to focus on environmental justice (EJ) in all federal government actions will be a significant factor shaping his administration’s policies to fight climate change that could limit EPA and other agencies’ regulatory options for tackling greenhouse gas emissions, according to environmental lawyers.

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Regan Might Face Diminished EPA Role, ‘Turf Wars’ With White House

Administration observers are questioning whether Michael Regan, President Joe Biden’s nominee to lead EPA, could face a diminished role if he wins Senate confirmation due to the large number of Obama-era officials who have returned to the agency and the White House to work on implementing Biden’s environmental agenda.

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Early Biden Actions Highlight Effort To Bolster Focus On Climate, Equity

Former EPA officials say several early actions by the Biden administration illustrate a renewed focus on climate change and environmental justice (EJ) at EPA and all other parts of the government, including selecting personnel who have extensive experience in these areas and taking a multi-pronged approach to implementing policies.

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EPA Sends Recommendations For Trump-Era Rule Rescissions To OMB

EPA met its Feb. 19 administrative deadline for sending the White House Office of Management & Budget (OMB) a preliminary list of Trump-era rules that it is targeting for revising or rescinding, confirming that the list includes vehicle greenhouse gas deregulatory actions among other Trump rules environmentalists oppose.

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Conservative Group Says States’ Ozone Suit ‘Trojan Horse’ For GHG Limits

Energy Policy Advocates, a conservative-leaning group focused on transparency in federal energy policy, claims that a lawsuit filed by 15 states and 14 environmental organizations over the Trump EPA’s rule retaining Obama-era ozone air standards is a “Trojan Horse” that ultimately aims for tighter regulation of greenhouse gases.

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Environmentalists Seek Interim Auto GHG Rules Stricter Than California’s

Environmentalists are ramping up their advocacy in support of near-term federal greenhouse gas rules that are stricter than those contained in the deal between California and several automakers, drafting a letter to be sent as soon as Feb. 25 to President Joe Biden urging stronger action as part of efforts to decarbonize the vehicle sector.

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D.C. Circuit agrees to partial stay of mandate in utility GHG suit

The court's decision gives the Biden administration more time to weigh how to proceed with regulating greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants.

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NGOs Plan Push To Expand Scope Of FERC’s Gas Project GHG Reviews

Environmentalists and other non-governmental groups are poised to push federal energy regulators to broadly review the greenhouse gas (GHG) and other impacts associated with natural gas infrastructure projects as officials begin reconsidering their years-old policy for approving such projects.

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Think Tank Sees Senate Barrier To Carbon Tax That Curbs EPA Rules

Senators could approve a carbon tax under streamlined budget reconciliation procedures, but it is not clear it can do so with language that would limit EPA’s regulatory authority for greenhouse gases, a condition that many industry supporters have attached to any carbon tax plan, according to a new paper from a free-market think tank.

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