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Climate Policy Watch

House Democrats Eye Clean Energy Standard To Curb Power Sector GHGs

A key House lawmaker is floating the outlines of a new bill to establish a clean energy standard (CES) sufficient to cut power sector carbon dioxide emissions in half by 2030 and achieve “net zero” emission by 2050, possibly signaling increasing focus by House Democrats on the idea as a power sector greenhouse gas policy.

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Biofuels Sector Fears EPA Will Ramp Up RFS Waivers Despite Fuels Boost

A top biofuels sector official fears that EPA might ramp up issuance of renewable fuel standard (RFS) waivers for small refiners for 2019 compared to previous years, despite the Trump administration floating a proposal to boost biofuels goals for next year’s RFS -- a plan that critics say falls far short of what the fuels need.

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New Mexico, Hill Republicans Pan EPA Oil & Gas Methane Rule Rollback

EPA is facing strong criticism of its proposal to rescind direct methane limits for oil and gas operations from New Mexico, the country’s third-largest oil producer that is home to part of the Permian basin, as well as two congressional Republicans including one House member who has been a die-hard supporter of President Donald Trump.

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Wildfires, Power Shutoffs Expose California’s Climate Adaptation Struggle

California’s overwhelming wildfires and unprecedented utility power shutoffs are offering a high-profile example of the daunting task the state -- and the rest of the country -- faces to stave off the worst damages from climate change, even as the Golden State is seen as leading the nation in cutting greenhouse gas emissions that fuel global warming.

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Judge Skeptical Of EPA Effort To Lift Looming Landfill Methane Deadline

A federal district judge appears skeptical of EPA’s request to lift a looming deadline for issuance of a direct federal plan for most of the country to implement Obama-era rules to cut methane emissions from landfills, with the agency arguing the deadline is moot because it has finalized a separate rule extending its deadline to issue the federal plan.

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Hospital groups urged stepped up Hill action on climate

A group of 19 health systems is meeting with Capitol Hill lawmakers and staff to urge support for shifting to a clean energy economy and achieving “climate ready” hospitals.

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House GOP Departures, Democratic Divisions Could Stymie RFS Reform

Years-long efforts by House lawmakers to reach a bipartisan deal on reforming EPA’s renewable fuel standard (RFS) face fresh hurdles in coming months, with several key GOP lawmakers heavily involved in reform efforts leaving Congress and new divisions emerging within the Democratic caucus that might stymie reaching a deal.

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House Hearing Showcases Early Pushback To Trump-Aligned Automakers

A House hearing on the Trump administration’s rollback of vehicle greenhouse gas controls is showcasing early political pushback against several major automakers that are supporting the Trump administration’s attack on California’s regulations, with critics seeking to paint the companies as short-sighted foes of clean vehicles.

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CCUS Measure May Hang In Balance Amid Broader Defense Bill Dispute

Bipartisan legislation that has cleared the Senate to encourage a suite of carbon capture, use and storage (CCUS) technologies might hang in the balance of contentious ongoing conference negotiations over a broader defense policy bill to which the CCUS policy is attached.

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Automakers Back Trump In California Suit Over Vehicle GHG Preemption

A coalition making up the vast majority of automakers including General Motors and Toyota is intervening on behalf of the Trump administration in litigation from California and environmentalists targeting the administration’s preemption of the state’s vehicle greenhouse gas and zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) rules.

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