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Climate Policy Watch

After Loss, EPA Asks Judge To Pause Looming Deadline For Landfill Rule

EPA is asking a federal district court judge to stay the Nov. 6 deadline he just re-imposed for the agency to issue a federal plan implementing Obama-era rules for landfills to cut the potent greenhouse gas methane, after the judge rejected the agency’s request to amend the order setting that deadline in the first place.

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Judge Stays Looming EPA Deadline To Issue Federal Plan In Landfill Air Rule (Corrected)

A federal district court judge has stayed what had been a looming Nov. 6 deadline for EPA to issue a federal plan implementing Obama-era rules for landfills to cut the potent greenhouse gas methane, even though the judge rejected the agency’s request to amend the May order setting that deadline in the first place.

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As Trump Begins Paris Exit, Environmentalists Look To New President

As President Donald Trump is kick-starting the year-long process to remove the United States from the Paris climate agreement, which is slated to take effect one day after the November 2020 elections, environmentalists are increasingly looking to the next administration to re-engage on international climate matters.

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IG to review civil rights complaint compliance

The Office of Inspector General says it plans “to help identify potential discriminatory conduct on the part of recipient agencies, especially in overburdened communities.”

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Barrasso pushes back against Schumer EV plan

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) “wants to spend $392 billion of taxpayer money to subsidize cars only wealthy Americans can afford,” charges Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY).

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New York Appears To Be Struggling In Landmark Exxon Climate Trial

The New York Attorney General’s (AG) office appears to be struggling in a high-profile trial to persuade a state court judge that oil and gas giant ExxonMobil violated state law by defrauding investors about the risks posed by climate change.

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Pallone reportedly blocking CCUS measure in defense bill

House Energy & Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone (D-NJ) supports the substance of the carbon capture legislation, but is reportedly irked that its structure leaves his panel with no jurisdiction over the bill.

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Modest GHG Standard Could Enable Auto Support Of Trump Rollback

The Trump administration’s pending final rule rolling back Obama-era vehicle greenhouse gas standards is increasingly expected to require a modest annual improvement in vehicles instead of freezing requirements, a step that could help pave the way for most of the auto manufacturing sector to ultimately support the plan.

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Senate Support Grows For Bill Giving EPA New Power To Cut HFCs

Over a dozen senators from both parties are floating legislation that would give EPA new authorities to curb the production and use of refrigerants that act as potent greenhouse gases, signaling growing support for an effort to make progress in an area that has been stymied by court rulings and Trump administration deregulatory measures.

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Colorado ZEV opponents cite EPA waiver revocation in suit

A group backed by the oil industry argues that Colorado’s zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) is “invalid” because EPA recently preempted California and other states’ authority to enforce such rules.

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