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Climate Policy Watch

Gas Infrastructure Faces Legal Battles Despite High Court Pipeline Ruling

In a win for the natural gas industry, the Supreme Court is rejecting a key challenge to the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP), though the pipeline and other large gas infrastructure projects are still facing growing legal and permitting hurdles before they can be built and put into operation.

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EPA, biogas producers fight over fate of RFS credit suit

A federal appeals court will soon have to decide whether to hear challenges to EPA’s policy on renewable fuels standard (RFS) credits separate from consolidated litigation over the 2019 and 2020 RFS rules.

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Senators’ Queries To EPA Highlight Lingering Division On Future Of RFS

Several senators on the Environment & Public Works Committee (EPW) in recent questions to EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler are highlighting lingering divisions among lawmakers over the future of the renewable fuel standard (RFS), including a deep divide between GOP senators over key aspects of biofuels regulations.

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Boosting HFC Transition, EPA Floats Approving Alternative Substances

EPA is proposing to authorize the use of numerous hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) alternatives in heat pumps, residential air conditions, retail refrigeration and foam, in what environmentalists are greeting as a generally positive development that could speed a federal and state transition to more climate friendly alternative HFCs.

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LNG NEPA Waiver Plan Wins Industry Support, Environmentalist Criticism

The Department of Energy’s (DOE) plan to categorically exempt its reviews of liquified natural gas (LNG) export projects from the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) is being broadly welcomed by industry groups and strongly rejected by environmentalists, according to recently filed written comments.

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DOJ Expands Claim California-Quebec GHG Trading Link Unconstitutional

The Department of Justice (DOJ) is expanding on its claim that California’s greenhouse gas cap-and-trade program link to Quebec violates the Constitution’s Foreign Affairs Doctrine, bolstering the argument that the link conflicts with President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement.

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Biofuels, farm groups demand EPA information on retroactive RFS waivers

Biofuels supporters are pressuring EPA to disclose more about its plans to issue retroactive refiner waivers under the renewable fuel standard for prior compliance years.

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Experts Fear New EPA Burdens, Litigation Risk From Cost-Benefit Rule

EPA’s air program cost-benefit proposal could create significant burdens that complicate development of new agency rules and create litigation risks, according to early reaction from former government officials and other experts who say the rule’s impacts might ultimately depend on EPA’s future implementation of the policy.

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Bipartisan group of House lawmakers urges Trump to reject RFS waivers

A coalition of more than 40 Democratic and Republican House lawmakers from farm belt states is pushing back against oil industry requests for renewable fuel standard waivers due to the COVID-19 crisis.

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Judge explains sending Exxon climate fraud suit to state court

“The allegations in this complaint are far afield of any ‘uniquely federal interests,’” explains a federal district judge in his decision to send the suit back to a Massachusetts court.

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