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Climate Policy Watch

Groups detail state rule gaps amid methane rollback

Environmental and taxpayer groups say the Trump administration's rollback of methane rules for oil and gas sites on federal lands leaves a “patchwork” of state programs that will boost pollution and waste of public resources.

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EPA files 'protective' appeal of climate TMDL order

The agency is seeking to preserve its rights to challenge a district court ruling that set short deadlines for the agency to develop a plan to control water temperature in the Pacific Northwest.

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Seeing gains, industry urges Trump to back HFC treaty

A new industry report aims to persuade the Trump administration to send an HFC treaty to the Senate for ratification, even as there is little indication the White House will move on the issue.

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Highlighting Disconnect, Trump Climate Study Cites Obama-Era SCC Tool

The Trump administration's newly released assessment warning of significant economic damages from global warming also cites the social cost of carbon (SCC) metric the Obama administration used to estimate the benefits of emission cuts, even as the Trump EPA and other agencies are significantly curtailing use of the tool.

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Federal Climate Study Gives GHG Rule Backers New Political, Legal Tools

The Trump administration's recently released national assessment outlining increasingly serious effects from climate change is giving critics fresh political ammunition to challenge officials' efforts to dismiss the issue, and could also provide legal fodder for those fighting EPA's various climate rule rollbacks.

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White House, California Talks Spur Guarded Optimism On Vehicle GHG Deal

Recent negotiations between the White House and California on light-duty vehicle greenhouse gas and fuel economy standards are boosting optimism -- albeit slightly -- that the two sides can reach some kind of deal to avert a legal collision over the Trump administration's pending plan to freeze standards after model year 2020.

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Trump's climate assessment calls for stepped up mitigation, adaptation

In response to the findings, top Democrats pledged to prioritize their focus on climate change when they control the House in 2019 though they stopped short of offering a detailed agenda.

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House GOP Floats Bill To Create National Octane Standard, Phase Out RFS

House Republicans are floating draft legislation that would create a national standard to boost the octane rating of fuel in order to promote ethanol while phasing out EPA's contentious renewable fuel standard (RFS) program, on the eve of the agency's release of its 2019 RFS goals for producing ethanol and other fuels.

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EPA Seeks To Stay Climate-Related TMDL Order Pending Possible Appeal

EPA is preparing to ask a federal district court to stay a Dec. 17 deadline to develop a cleanup plan for the Columbia and Snake rivers in the Pacific Northwest while the Justice Department (DOJ) decides whether it will appeal the court's order requiring development of the plan, which aims to control water temperature that is expected to increase due to climate change.

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Court agrees to hear suit on EPA vehicle GHG 'finding'

If successful, the suit could create a major hurdle for the Trump administration's plan to roll back vehicle GHG and fuel economy limits by forcing EPA to re-do its threshold determination that the limits are “not appropriate.”

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