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Climate Policy Watch

Rep. Burgess Sees Energy Panel As Path To Renewed GOP House Majority

Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX), who is running to lead Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee next year, says he intends to eventually chair the powerful committee, arguing issues under its jurisdiction such as hydraulic fracturing and restoring the economy will be central for the GOP regaining control of the chamber in 2022.

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Senate Floats Flat EPA Funding For Rest Of FY21 In Bid For House Talks

Senate appropriators are floating draft fiscal year 2021 spending legislation that would give EPA essentially flat funding of $9.085 billion, setting up potential negotiations with House lawmakers ahead of next month’s expiration of spending authority for multiple federal agencies.

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Bodine Warns Biden Against ‘Overreach’ On Climate Rules, Enforcement

EPA enforcement chief Susan Bodine is warning the incoming Biden administration against “overreach” on climate change or enforcement more generally, predicting that federal courts and voters will punish any attempt to “radically change the direction of EPA” such as forcing a transition from gas-powered vehicles to electric cars.

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WRI Floats Ambitious 2030 GHG Target For Rejoining Paris Climate Deal

The incoming Biden administration should embrace a target of cutting greenhouse gases 45 to 50 percent from 2005 levels by 2030 when it rejoins the Paris Agreement on climate change next year, according to the World Resources Institute (WRI), which adds that such a goal is achievable even with a divided Congress.

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Chamber Touts Senate Highway, Climate Plan In Call For Bipartisan Action

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is urging the incoming Biden administration and Congress to work on bipartisan proposals in a push the group says defies conventional wisdom that major legislation cannot get passed next year, citing a Senate plan for highway upgrades and climate resiliency investments as an example for renewed collaboration.

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EPA touts GHG reporting data showing falling emissions

The latest annual release shows greenhouse gases from major industrial facilities fell almost 5 percent from 2018 to 2019, with virtually all of the cuts coming from the power sector.

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Biden Expected To Quickly Pivot To Sweeping Climate Regulatory Agenda

President-elect Joe Biden’s administration is widely expected to quickly pursue a sweeping climate-focused agenda, according to multiple experts, including new regulations that may be more durable than Obama-era measures, while also taking major “Day One” steps on climate via executive actions.

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Amid Calls For Major Climate Steps, Biden May Get Only Modest Hill Wins

Investments and incentives to address climate change are the most plausible near-term legislative agenda items for the incoming Biden administration, multiple observers say, though environmentalists and others will continue to press for mandatory policies, including carbon pricing, to reduce greenhouse gases.

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Wheeler Vows RFS Help For Refiners, Criticizes Push For Electric Vehicles

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler is promising help for refiners with “out of control” renewable fuel standard (RFS) compliance costs, but warning refiners and their biofuels-producing rivals that they both face a common enemy with the expanded use of electric vehicles (EVs) -- a policy a potential Biden administration might pursue.

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EPA asks high court to extend briefing deadline in RFS waiver suit

If the justices grant the agency’s request, it would push resolution of litigation over EPA’s renewable fuel standard (RFS) small refinery waiver policy into 2021.

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