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Climate Policy Watch

Wehrum Downplays Shutdown Effect On ACE Amid Signs Of Modest Delay

EPA air chief Bill Wehrum is downplaying the recent government shutdown's effect on the agency's ability to finish its replacement greenhouse gas rule for existing power plants, though the agency is still acknowledging the shutdown caused some slowdown in issuing a rule originally slated for sometime in March.

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Free-Market Groups Back Off Need To Repeal GHG Endangerment Finding

Conservative and free-market groups that have long urged EPA to repeal its finding that greenhouse gases are a public endangerment -- because they say that is the only way to prevent the agency from having to regulate GHGs -- are backing away from that stance and now say it may be good enough for EPA to not strictly enforce the finding.

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CEQ Prepares To Ease NEPA Rules As Hill Struggles On Infrastructure

Industry and other sources are lowering their expectations that Congress will enact major infrastructure legislation because lawmakers have made little progress toward a deal on new project funding, though the White House is pressing ahead on eased rules for environment and climate reviews that many infrastructure projects must undertake.

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Vehicle GHG Rule Freeze Still Appears Likely Despite Talk Of Alternatives

The White House appears to still be on track to finalizing its plan to freeze light-duty vehicle greenhouse gas and fuel economy rules, despite automakers' stated preference against such a rollback in favor of a modest annual rate of improvement in vehicles.

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Lawmakers float resolution rebuking Trump on Paris exit

The non-binding resolution says Congress “reaffirms its commitment to the Paris Agreement and that the United States is still in and should not withdraw.”

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Democrats renew data request on EPA climate rollbacks

Having failed to receive a response from EPA, House Democrats are reiterating an oversight request they made on several major climate rollbacks nearly three months ago.

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Dingell, House 'giant' who shaped major environment laws, dies

Former Rep. John Dingell (D-MI) authored or helped craft many of the nation's major environmental laws during his extended tenure at the helm of the Energy & Commerce Committee.

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Lawmakers Launch 'Green New Deal' Plan, With Bid For Progressive Unity

Progressive lawmakers are formally launching a long political push to enact a “Green New Deal,” (GND) with backers of the effort projecting unity among left-leaning groups by combining an aggressive push for “zero-emissions” energy with calls to reverse a slide in the fortunes of blue-collar workers.

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Senate Energy Panel Lawmakers Embrace Centrist Climate Change Stance

Some lawmakers on the Senate energy committee are tentatively embracing calls from outside experts to adopt a centrist climate change agenda that recognizes the need for government action to reduce greenhouse gases while incorporating a wide range of low-carbon technologies, including some that progressive groups find objectionable.

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EPA to finalize ACE climate rule in 'second quarter' of 2019

Trump administration officials had previously hoped to finish the narrow replacement to the Obama-era Clean Power Plan by March, though work was delayed during the month-long government shutdown.

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