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Climate Policy Watch

Latta Touts Record In Bid For GOP Leadership Of Energy & Commerce Panel

As he runs to lead Republicans on the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee in the next Congress, Rep. Bob Latta (R-OH) is touting his accomplishments as a legislator, including working across the aisle to pass bills and address complex problems like climate change and exposure to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

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Observers Fear Disruptions Amid Busy Post-Election Trump EPA Agenda

The Trump EPA’s agenda is expected to be crowded in the coming months as officials aim to lock in deregulatory approaches amid a possible transition to a Biden administration, with some observers also expressing concern that the president’s recent civil-service executive order could drive disruptive, late-hour personnel moves.

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D.C. Circuit Appears Likely To Reject DAPL Appeal But Remedy Unclear

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit appears likely to uphold a lower court decision finding that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers failed to conduct a required rigorous environmental review of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) but the judges did not seem to reach consensus on the proper legal remedy for the violation.

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Biofuels supporters tout ethanol’s role in 2020 election

Biofuels supporters are highlighting the importance of ethanol to Midwestern lawmakers of both parties, setting up a potential clash with opponents of biofuels mandates.

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Narrow Biden Victory Would Set Stage For Regulatory Climate Focus

Capitol Hill Democrats’ weak showing in the 2020 elections could set the stage for a heavy emphasis on regulatory policies rather than sweeping legislation to advance climate policy, should Democratic nominee Joe Biden be declared the winner in the presidential contest.

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U.S. Paris-Deal Exit Could Be Temporary If Biden Secures Election Win

The United States’ now-formal departure from the Paris climate deal could be a temporary blip that is reversed within weeks if Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is declared the winner of this year’s election, though observers say re-joining the deal will be easier than the requirement to issue an updated emissions reduction target.

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Wheeler confirms delay in decisions on RFS waivers for refiners

The agency will not decide the fate of many small refiner’s requests for renewable fuel standard waivers until litigation has “completely run its course,” says Administrator Andrew Wheeler.

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Ex-CEQ Official Boling Cites ‘Active Debate’ On NEPA Rule Under Biden

Ted Boling -- who recently departed the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) where he helped develop a dramatic rewrite of National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) implementing rules -- is expecting an “active debate” about what a potential Biden administration would do with the controversial rulemaking.

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As Election Looms, Groups Offer Last-Minute Advocacy On Climate, Energy

Various non-governmental groups and analysts are seeking to influence climate and energy policy in the post-election period, with some praising Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s political focus on climate, others pushing carbon-neutral requirements for infrastructure and one free-market group urging a hands-off approach to energy issues.

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Top Officials Eyed For EPA, Environment Jobs Under A Biden Administration

A host of current and former top Democratic officials are reportedly in the running for key environmental positions in a potential Biden administration, including for EPA administrator, key Cabinet positions at the Interior and Energy departments, as well as personnel who could fill newly created climate and environment offices.

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