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Climate Policy Watch

Infrastructure meeting ‘constructive’ but policy issues emerge

Despite the apparent progress, significant skepticism remains that a big infrastructure deal can get done in the current Congress, especially given disagreements over environmental and climate provisions.

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House poised to debate bill blocking Trump's Paris withdrawal

The measure would block President Donald Trump's planned exit of the Paris Agreement and would require him to offer a plan for meeting the Obama administration's GHG target under the pact.

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E15 Plan Faces Rocky Path In Face Of Oil Sector, Environmentalists’ Attacks

EPA’s proposal to waive fuel volatility requirements to allow year-round sales of 15 percent ethanol fuel (E15) and to overhaul the market for biofuel credits is drawing strong legal attacks from the oil sector and major environmental groups opposed to increased ethanol use, signaling a rocky path ahead given near-certain litigation over the measure.

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White House Starts ACE Review, Sticking To June Deadline For Final Rule

White House regulatory officials have started interagency review of EPA’s draft final Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule addressing greenhouse gases from existing power plants, the last step before the rule can go final, a move that suggests the agency remains on track to complete the rule by the end of June.

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O'Rourke Plan Highlights Push To Make Climate Top-Tier Democratic Issue

Former Rep. Beto O'Rourke's (D-TX) new climate change platform is highlighting the pressure on Democratic presidential candidates to prioritize the issue in the lead up to the 2020 elections, a dynamic that could elevate a debate that observers have long said is a prerequisite for major legislation but which could also split key party constituencies.

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Local Officials Tout Climate Policies But Seek Federal Rules To End Patchwork

Local officials are touting their “aggressive” pursuit of climate change policies including renewable power mandates and greenhouse gas controls, but say the patchwork of programs across states and localities are “no substitute” for a sweeping federal climate regulations that they want to see developed using those programs as models.

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Environmentalists form new group to back states' transport climate plan

Dozens of national and local environmental groups are backing an emerging effort by Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states to craft a cap-and-trade program for the transportation sector.

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In Response To Lawmakers, CARB Finds No ‘Oversupply’ Of GHG Credits

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) and Cal/EPA are reiterating previous declarations that there is no “oversupply” of greenhouse gas credits in the state’s cap-and-trade program, telling state lawmakers that there is no reason to withdraw any credits from the system as some experts have recommended to meet ambitious carbon targets.

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Coal sector touts RES cost study, while NRDC cites big errors

A coal sector group is touting a recent draft academic paper that it says shows renewable energy programs “drive up electricity costs,” while clean energy supporters are sharply critical of the report.

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Judge Pledges To Set ‘Reasonable’ Deadline For EPA Landfill Methane Rule

A federal judge is promising to set “reasonable” deadlines for EPA to implement a long-delayed Obama-era rule to limit methane, the potent greenhouse gas, from existing landfills to account for federal resource constraints while rejecting Trump administration arguments that seek to set a new bar limiting states’ standing to sue over climate rules.

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