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IPI report attacks fuel cost analysis in vehicle GHG rule rollback

The Institute for Policy Integrity’s report could boost critics of the Trump administration’s decision to roll back Obama-era vehicle greenhouse gas standards.

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Judge cancels oral argument in California cap & trade suit

One attorney closely following the case says the cancelation could bode well for California and its allies in defending the constitutionality of the state’s greenhouse gas trading program.

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Critics Of EPA Air Cost-Benefit Rule Eye Courts, Biden To Block Policy

Critics of EPA’s just-released proposal to mandate cost-benefit analyses for all future air and climate rules are looking to federal courts or a potential Biden administration to halt the plan if EPA does not withdraw it, warning it would deprioritize pollution reduction benefits and make it harder to advance protective air regulations.

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Trump Suspends Environmental Rules For Infrastructure, Citing Pandemic

Stepping up his deregulatory push amid the COVID-19 pandemic, President Donald Trump has directed EPA and other agencies to exempt infrastructure projects from legally required reviews under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Clean Water Act (CWA) and other laws so they can be fast-tracked and help spur the economy.

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Trailer makers submit final brief in EPA air rule suit

An association representing trailer makers says EPA and the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration lacked authority to issue their greenhouse gas rules for long-haul tractor trailers.

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House Democrats Include Climate Measures In New Transportation Bill

House Democrats have unveiled a transportation funding bill that includes several initiatives to drive greenhouse gas emissions cuts, including new responsibilities for EPA, providing another sign of more ambitious efforts that could come into play in the next Congress if lawmakers are unable to agree this year on the measure.

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VW Ruling May Help Cities Keep Climate Nuisance Suits In State Court

The high-profile appeals court ruling holding that the Clean Air Act does not preempt county governments from pursuing state court actions against Volkswagen over its use of defeat devices may boost municipalities fighting preemption arguments from major oil companies in their efforts to keep their climate nuisance suits in state court.

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National Wildlife Federation backs call for EPA 2020 RFS general waiver

Environmentalists are adding pressure on EPA to scale back its renewable fuel standard, calling for the agency to issue a general waiver of the program because of its alleged environmental damage.

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Biofuels Groups, Refiners Spar Over 2021 RFS In Meetings With EPA, OMB

Biofuels groups and refiners are meeting with EPA and White House officials in a bid to sway the outcome of the agency’s looming proposed 2021 renewable fuel standard (RFS) rule, with a fight over whether the agency should approve RFS waivers for prior compliance years emerging as a central issue affecting the outcome of the rulemaking.

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EPA Seeks Quick Review Of Methane Rule Rollback In Bid To Derail Suit

EPA is seeking expedited White House review of its just-submitted draft final rule to rescind the Obama administration’s landmark direct methane controls on new and modified oil and gas facilities, a measure that once approved would have the effect of scuttling the legal predicate for existing source methane limits.

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