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Climate Policy Watch

CCS group floats 2021 policy pitch to Biden, Trump teams

The Carbon Capture Coalition is urging both the Trump re-election campaign and the Biden transition to embrace research and incentives for carbon capture technologies.

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Biofuels Groups Prepare To Battle Democratic Push For Electric Vehicles

Biofuels groups are lobbying Iowa lawmakers to oppose Democrats’ draft legislation to phase out liquid fuels in favor of electric vehicles (EVs) and hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles, preparing for a major fight over the bill and other fuels and climate policies if Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden wins the Nov. 3 election.

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Senate Democrats tout new corporate governance group

Four Democratic senators are citing various climate change and environmental issues as motivating factors for creating a new “working group” to assess corporate governance rules.

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Critics Declare Victory As Court Remands BLM Oil Leases For Climate Study

Environmental groups challenging the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) environmental reviews for thousands of oil and gas leases on 1.9 million acres of public lands across the West are declaring at least a partial victory after a federal district court granted the bureau’s request to remand the reviews for further climate change analysis.

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Industry Attorneys Prepare For Major Environment Shift From Biden Win

Amid speculation that the Nov. 3 elections could allow Democrats to re-take control of the White House and potentially the Senate, industry attorneys are preparing their clients for expected dramatic changes in federal environmental and climate change rules.

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10th Circuit halts Colorado ‘roadless’ work in NEPA suit

Environmentalists successfully pushed for an emergency injunction blocking a coal company from performing construction in a “roadless” area of Colorado.

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Likely GOP Senate Environment Panel Shuffle Spurs Policy Questions

Expectations that Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) will take over as the top Republican next year on the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee that oversees EPA is prompting questions about how such a committee shuffle could affect environment policy.

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Trump Critics Boost Criticism Of EPA Rollbacks As Election Draws Near

Capitol Hill Democrats and former EPA officials are ramping up their criticism of the Trump administration’s environmental rollbacks in a bid to make them a liability for President Donald Trump just days ahead of the Nov. 3 election, while also seeking to lay the groundwork for undoing the policies if Trump is defeated.

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Automakers, biofuels groups support EPA flexible fuel vehicle ‘factor’

Automakers and biofuels industry groups support keeping the greenhouse gas rating of flexible fuel vehicles unchanged, but environmentalists and others say EPA overstates the vehicles’ benefits.

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Rhode Island wins bid to keep climate nuisance suit in state court

The 1st Circuit is the fourth appeals court to rule against the oil companies on the key issue of whether federal or state courts should hear the raft of climate nuisance cases challenging the oil sector.

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