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Climate Policy Watch

Groups threaten to sue EPA over aircraft GHGs

The agency’s deadlines for proposing a regulation to limit greenhouse gases from new aircraft have repeatedly slipped.

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House Republicans tout embrace of climate concerns

“Climate denial is a bad political strategy,” said Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), though a Trump administration official notes President Donald Trump is “not particularly obsessed about climate change.”

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Critics Flag Host Of Measures In NEPA Proposal That Chill Public Input

Environmentalists and many experts are flagging measures in the White House’s sweeping plan to revise National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) rules that appear intentionally designed to chill the public’s ability to influence projects, including a first-time mandate for plaintiffs to post bonds when agencies grant requests for administrative stays.

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Long-Time CEQ Official Raises Major Concerns About NEPA Overhaul

Horst Greczmiel, a former White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) career official who oversaw its National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) program for 16 years, is expressing deep concern about many aspects of the Trump administration’s proposal to dramatically overhaul NEPA implementing rules.

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Bipartisan House Lawmakers Eye CES Coupled With Air Act Preemption

A bipartisan pair of House lawmakers is touting the outlines of upcoming legislation that would create a power sector clean energy standard (CES) to reduce carbon emissions, with compliance deferred for as long as 10 years while EPA’s climate regulations would also be preempted, though not state measures.

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DOJ opposes removal of WCI from California cap & trade suit

The litigation more broadly argues that California’s decision to link its cap-and-trade program to a similar market in Quebec is unconstitutional.

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Democrats’ Infrastructure Plan Infuses Climate, Environment Concerns

Democratic leaders in the House are floating the outlines of a massive proposal to fund transportation, energy and water infrastructure, arguing that multiple elements of the plan will advance efforts to mitigate and adapt to climate change, in addition to tackling conventional environmental problems.

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EPA weighs rehearing request for TMDL ruling

EPA says it needs more time to determine whether it will seek rehearing en banc of an appeals court ruling that would require the agency to issue a plan to reduce the temperature of the Columbia and Snake rivers.

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CEQ adds session to Denver hearing on NEPA plan

Speaking slots filled within minutes for the newly added third session at the Feb. 11 hearing on the NEPA implementing rule overhaul.

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House Democrats’ Draft Climate Bill Elaborates On Numerous EPA Roles

New draft climate change legislation from House Energy & Commerce panel Democrats outlines numerous new or expanded tasks for EPA to achieve a mid-century target of achieving net-zero carbon emissions, including stringent vehicle standards, new carbon capture permitting requirements and updated equity mandates.

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