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Climate Policy Watch

Key House Democrats Launch Early Scrutiny Of EPA Climate Rule Rollbacks

Top Democrats on the House energy committee aren't waiting until they officially take control of the chamber in the next Congress before starting aggressive oversight of Trump EPA climate rule rollbacks -- an effort that appears to both signal plans for 2019 as well as preserve jurisdiction in the event that party leaders create a special climate panel.

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New York City Climate Nuisance Appeal Wins Support From States, Mayors

Backers of municipalities' nuisance lawsuits against fossil fuel producers over their contribution to climate change are adding additional weight to the legal challenges, with major groups of states, cities, law professors and environmental groups weighing in on behalf of New York City's effort to overturn a district court's dismissal of its case.

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West Coast Leaders Prepare Pact On Forest Management, Carbon Storage

As firefighters continue to work on extinguishing two devastating wildfires in California, leaders in the Golden State, Washington and British Columbia are preparing a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to take steps to make forests more resilient to such fire risks and to pursue carbon sequestration projects across the West Coast.

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Colorado Adopts California Auto GHG Limits, Rebuking Trump Rollback Plan

Colorado officials are adopting California's greenhouse gas and other emission limits for light-duty vehicles, issuing a formal rebuke to the Trump administration's proposal to freeze Obama-era GHG and fuel economy limits and revoke the Golden State's ability to impose tougher standards.

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Pennsylvania, refiner petition EPA for state-wide RFS waivers

Pennsylvania and refiner Monroe Energy are pressing EPA for a state-wide waiver from RFS blending obligations, as the agency prepares to finalize biofuel blending obligations for 2019.

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States, NRDC Urge D.C. Circuit To Scrap EPA Guide Undoing HFC Limits

A coalition of states and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) are urging an appellate court to scrap an EPA guidance document that “effectively rescinds” an Obama-era rule limiting refrigerant chemicals that act as potent greenhouse gases, even though the rule at issue was only partially vacated by a prior court ruling.

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States Move Closer On RGGI-Like Plan For Transportation, But Path Unclear

A wide variety of interested groups have reached consensus that a group of 11 Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states should impose a regional carbon price to cut transportation greenhouse gases, which is similar to how the region limits utility emissions through a cap-and-trade program, though the states have not said they are ready to move on the concept.

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Quoted: Early views on EPA's rollback of oil & gas methane standards

Various groups offered their views on the proposal during a Nov. 14 public hearing in Denver, ahead of a Dec. 17 public comment deadline.

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Industry backs Chatterjee's call for EPA to address reliability

Two industry groups are backing the FERC's chairman's concern about reliability risks from the Obama-era Clean Power Plan, which the Trump administration is hoping to replace with a narrow policy.

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Incoming Democratic chairs pledge series of climate hearings

The plans for hearings early next year appear to undercut plans by Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi to create a select committee on climate change.

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