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Climate Policy Watch

EPA Truck NOx Plan May Slip To Late 2020, Boosting Split With California

EPA’s stated February timeline for issuing a proposal to put new limits on nitrogen oxides (NOx) from heavy-duty trucks appears likely to slip until fall 2020, likely ensuring California will move forward sooner with its own standards and underscoring how the issue will either be a second-term priority for the Trump EPA or an unresolved topic for the next administration.

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California governor confirms Mercedes to join GHG standards deal

“This was a big blow to the Trump administration, what we were able to accomplish, and I don’t think they saw it coming,” Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) said of the state’s voluntary agreement with four auto companies.

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GHG ‘Endangerment’ Questions Loom In Upcoming Oil & Gas NSPS Plan

Observers are closely watching how EPA will navigate the legal questions surrounding greenhouse gas “endangerment” in its forthcoming proposal to upend Obama-era oil and gas methane rules, including whether and to what degree it embraces industry claims that the rules omitted a required sector- or pollutant-specific risk review.

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Economists Say California May Need Credit Price Hike To Speed GHG Cuts

Economists are warning that California’s transportation and industrial sector greenhouse gas cuts are lagging behind trajectories for achieving the state’s 2030 emission target, elevating prospects that the state’s economy-wide cap-and-trade program will be under increasing pressure to make up the difference by raising carbon allowance prices.

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North Carolina, Wisconsin governors outline clean power goals

Executive actions by Democratic governors in the two states aim to achieve major carbon cuts in the power sector, but GOP majorities in the states’ legislatures could block more ambitious policy.

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Court denies rehearing in Tennessee pipeline case

While the appellate court declined to hear the case, its decision will still provide a road map for future cases seeking to challenge FERC’s greenhouse gas reviews.

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Colorado Adopts ZEV Rule, Intensifying Fight On States’ Air Act Power

Colorado regulators have adopted a zero emissions vehicle (ZEV) requirement in the state, paving the way for the state to join with California and nine other states that have already adopted such programs amid efforts to encourage greater adoption of fully electric and electrified models.

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White House Presses Automakers To Spurn California Vehicle Deal

The White House has been meeting with auto companies that have not joined the voluntary agreement California signed with four manufacturers over vehicle greenhouse gas standards, defending its deregulatory plan and prodding the companies not to join the deal, according to several sources familiar with the issue.

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White House Presses Automakers To Spurn California Vehicle Deal

The White House has been meeting with auto companies that have not joined the voluntary agreement California signed with four manufacturers over vehicle greenhouse gas standards, defending its deregulatory plan and prodding the companies not to join the deal, according to several sources familiar with the issue.

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House Democrats urge automakers to join California

Leaders of a sustainability coalition are joining with senators to increase pressure on 14 automakers to join California’s recent GHG deal with Ford, Honda, Volkswagen and BMW.

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