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Climate Policy Watch

California, Supporters Doubt Prospects For Trump GHG Cap-And-Trade Suit

California officials and supporters of its greenhouse gas cap-and-trade program are downplaying prospects for the Trump administration’s lawsuit challenging the program’s link to Quebec, arguing the years-old connection to the Canadian province does not violate the president’s sole constitutional right to oversee foreign policy.

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EPA Prepares To Defend RFS Exemption Policy Amid Spike In Waiver Suits

EPA at upcoming appellate court oral argument is preparing to defend its policy on granting small refineries exemptions from renewable fuel standard (RFS) blending requirements, amid a spike in lawsuits filed by the biofuels and oil industries either challenging fresh waivers or the agency’s denial of requests for the exemptions.

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CBD threatens to sue EPA over missed fracking plans

The Center for Biological Diversity says EPA has been slow to determine if states and localities have submitted smog-reducing plans, and that the agency has failed to act on already submitted plans.

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Senators unveil bipartisan climate caucus

Founded by Sens. Chris Coons (D-DE) and Mike Braun (R-IN), the group will also include energy committee Chairwoman Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and environment panel ranking member Tom Carper (D-DE).

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Intensifying Political War, DOJ Targets California’s GHG Link To Quebec

The Trump administration is intensifying its political war with California, suing the state in federal court over the state’s years-old decision to tie its greenhouse gas cap-and-trade program with Quebec’s, which the administration charges tramples on the president’s exclusive power to conduct foreign policy and regulate international commerce.

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Exxon, Allies Push Back As Scrutiny Increases Over Climate Knowledge

Democratic officials are stepping up their scrutiny of ExxonMobil’s alleged efforts to hide knowledge of its climate impacts, including the Oct. 22 start of a long-awaited fraud trial in New York and an Oct. 23 House oversight panel hearing, but the company and its allies are launching a vigorous defense, claiming they are victims of a coordinated smear campaign and seeking to undercut its origins.

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Baltimore asks Roberts to reject climate nuisance suit stay

The city is asking the chief justice to reject an industry request seeking to block its climate nuisance case from proceeding in state court.

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DOE Plan To Rollback Dishwasher Efficiency Standards Faces Likely AG Suit

The Energy Department’s (DOE) plan to create a new category of dishwashers that would be temporarily exempted from congressionally mandated efficiency standards is facing a likely lawsuit from Democratic attorneys general (AGs) who charge in part that DOE’s plan unlawfully failed to consider adverse environmental and greenhouse gas impacts.

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Roberts Seeks Response To Bid For High Court Climate Nuisance Suit Stay

Chief Justice John Roberts is asking Baltimore officials to respond to an oil industry request for the Supreme Court to pause a lower court’s order allowing the city’s climate nuisance case to proceed in state court while the companies appeal that decision in federal appellate court.

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Barrasso ramps up critique of EV tax credit

In a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), the environment committee chairman reiterates his opposition to any effort that would “extend or expand” the credit for EV purchases.

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