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Climate Policy Watch

Lawmakers set rosters for top House, Senate climate, environment panels

Committee assignments for both the Senate environment panel and the House select climate committee pave the way for both bodies to start their in-depth work for the 116th Congress.

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Democrats Eye Long-Term 'Carbon Price' Effort Under 'Two-Track' Agenda

House Democrats are eyeing a long-term legislative strategy to develop a “carbon price solution” to climate change, part of a “two-track” approach to the issue that will initially focus on “low-hanging fruit” policies that have a better chance of garnering bipartisan support.

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House Democrats Highlight State Climate Efforts Amid Trump Inaction

As part of their initial blitz of Capitol Hill hearings on climate change, House Democrats are seeking to spotlight efforts by a bipartisan group of state officials to both fight global warming and adapt to its impacts, contrasting those policies with the Trump administration’s climate rollbacks and its spurning of international commitments.

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EEI touts 'impressive' clean energy shift, planned coal closures

The major utility trade group foresees more than 100 gigawatts of coal plant retirements by 2024 -- which would continue the record pace over recent years despite the Trump administration's regulatory rollbacks.

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House Democrats float bill to preserve Obama-era vehicle GHG rules

The bill would preserve strict Obama-era standards through model year 2025, while also prohibiting EPA and the Transportation Department from creating “loopholes” in the rules.

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House Hearings To Build Case For Climate Action Ahead Of Policy Details

House Democrats are rolling out a blitz of hearings on the implications of climate change, seeking to highlight such threats in order to build a case for policy to reduce greenhouse gases, while also creating a contrast with the Trump administration on the issue in advance of more complicated efforts to reach consensus on climate legislation.

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Biofuels Groups Ramp Up Legal Opposition To Small Refiner RFS Waivers

Biofuels groups are ramping up their legal opposition against EPA’s issuance of waivers to small refiners from having to meet renewable fuel standard (RFS) biofuel blending mandates, filing a lawsuit targeting the agency’s 2019 RFS volumes rule and separately detailing legal arguments against EPA’s retroactive issuance of waivers.

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DOJ disputes right to ‘stable climate system’ in youth climate suit

Youth plaintiffs argue the government’s promotion of fossil fuels violates their right to a stable climate, but the Trump administration argues such a right is “entirely without basis in this Nation’s history or tradition.”

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EPA Eyes Rule Defining Biomass Energy As BACT In Clean Air Permits

EPA is considering issuing a rule to define biomass feedstocks as the best available control technology (BACT) for controlling greenhouse gas emissions in Clean Air Act permits because the agency would consider the fuel carbon neutral, though environmentalists would likely offer strenuous opposition to such a rule.

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Wheeler meets with CARB's Nichols on vehicle GHGs

The acting EPA chief also reiterated several Trump administration talking points, signaling it intends to press forward with an aggressive rollback and a challenge to California's regulatory authority.

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