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EPA air office gets new No. 2 official

Kelly Raymond of the Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute is reportedly slated to take over as second-in-command at EPA’s air policy office next week.

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Auto GHG Rule Defenders See Silver Lining In Defeat On EPA Finding

Backers of tough vehicle greenhouse gas rules are seizing on language in a recent appellate court opinion underscoring EPA’s duty to justify policy changes in its pending rollback of Obama-era standards, even though the court more broadly rejected states and environmentalists’ challenge to Trump officials’ decision to reopen the rules.

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Top Former Official Says EPA Concedes ACE Rule Unreasonable

Joe Goffman, who helped craft the Obama-era Clean Power Plan (CPP), says the Trump EPA’s Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule to replace the CPP is silent on whether its narrow interpretation of the agency’s Clean Air Act authority to regulate power sector greenhouse gas emissions is reasonable, which “amounts to a confession that it is not.”

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Energy committee’s Walden to retire from House

Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR) could have remained as the top Republican on the House Energy & Commerce Committee for another two-year term but opted to retire anyway.

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D.C. Circuit Likely To Reject RFS Waiver Suit But Might Grant Future Cases

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit appears primed to dismiss on procedural grounds advanced biofuels makers’ suit over EPA’s renewable fuel standard (RFS) small refiner waiver policy, but the court is also indicating that it is likely to rule on the merits of the waiver policy in upcoming litigation.

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Industrial GHG credit traders attack Trump suit against California

The International Emissions Trading Association, which represents major energy, industrial and financial companies, says the lawsuit over California’s cap-and-trade program creates “unnecessary market uncertainty.”

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D.C. Circuit Rejects Auto GHG ‘Finding’ Case But Sets Bar For Rule Suit

A federal appeals court has rejected for lack of jurisdiction a suit filed by states and environmentalists over EPA’s 2018 finding that Obama-era auto climate rules are not “appropriate,” ruling that it is not a final agency action, but the decision sets a potentially high bar for EPA to justify its pending rollback of the rules once that is litigated.

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Senate Democrats Unveil Vehicle GHG Plan, Including Huge EV Subsidies

Senate Democrats are elaborating on their promise of a bold climate change agenda if they retake the chamber in 2021, floating the framework for a massive plan to replace gasoline-powered vehicles with electrified cars, coupled with efforts to finance charging infrastructure and retool factories to make advanced vehicles and related equipment.

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White House rejected USDA critique of EPA RFS plan

According to newly released documents, the Agriculture Department urged EPA to draft a new proposal to fully account for its renewable fuel standard (RFS) compliance waivers for small refineries.

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Grappling With Internal Splits, Industry Groups Try To Shift GHG Stance

Major industry trade associations are seeking to ease their opposition to climate change policies but are struggling to reach consensus because they must grapple with divisions between energy and non-energy sector members as well as splits even within the energy industry.

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