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Climate Policy Watch

House Wildfire Hearing Spurs Calls For Climate Resilience, GHG Cuts

House lawmakers, utility officials and forestry experts are urging federal agencies to ramp up actions to reduce the threat of climate change and associated wildfires on the power sector, including initiatives to make infrastructure more resilient and to thin out forests, though Democrats add that the risk underscores the need for ambitious steps to cut greenhouse gases.

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CARB’s Nichols touts Bloomberg’s climate track record

“Mike Bloomberg is the only candidate who has developed, advocated and implemented a successful program to cut greenhouse gases,” argues the long-time chief of the California Air Resources Board.

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Refiners join EPA in rejecting waived RFS volumes ‘reallocation’

Refiners are throwing their weight behind EPA’s refusal to “reallocate” waived biofuel blending volumes under the 2019 RFS.

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Risk management institute names climate group

The Institute for Risk Management’s new climate change group will try to help its members better understand climate-related risks.

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EPA sees final utility NSPS update by ‘spring’

EPA in a new court filing says it hopes to send a draft final rollback of Obama-era GHG rules for new power plants to the White House sometime in March.

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New Jersey prepares to craft climate rules

In an executive order, Gov. Phil Murphy (D) directed the state environment department to adopt within two years regulatory changes to cut emissions and adapt to climate change.

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Democrats’ Imminent GHG Bill Faces Some Early Environmentalist Scorn

Even before it has been formally released, House Democrats’ sweeping climate change proposal is facing sharp criticism from some environmental groups who charge that the legislation will allow polluting fuels such as natural gas and biomass, along with “ineffective” credit trading, as part of a pathway to achieve carbon neutrality in 2050.

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10th Circuit Ruling Casts Doubt On Future EPA Small Refiner RFS Waivers

A federal appeals court panel has unanimously scrapped renewable fuel standard (RFS) compliance waivers EPA granted to three small refineries who claimed meeting the RFS’ production goals would cause them economic hardship, a decision that casts doubt over the agency’s controversial waiver policy and future issuance of RFS exemptions.

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Agencies Slash Benefits In Vehicle GHG Draft, Reviving Calls For New Plan

Leaked details from the Trump administration’s draft final vehicle greenhouse gas rule rollback show the plan’s estimated net benefits have been slashed by roughly $200 billion, likely highlighting the effects of changing controversial assumptions in the proposed rule including how much vehicles are driven and replaced under the policy.

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CEQ Could Face ‘Mess’ Of Legal Challenges Once It Completes NEPA Rule

If the White House finalizes its recent proposal to significantly scale back how agencies must conduct National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) reviews of major federal actions, the policy likely will face a complex array of legal challenges in multiple venues, threatening to undermine clarity on agencies’ responsibilities.

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