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Climate Policy Watch

SAB struggles to review critiques of EPA science, water rules

The board’s inability to reach consensus appears likely to bolster EPA plans to ignore any criticisms SAB may provide.

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DOJ Says Fast Review Would Avoid ‘Months’ Of Delay In Auto GHG Suit

The Justice Department (DOJ) is offering a new rationale to expedite review of appellate cases over the Trump administration’s preemption of state auto greenhouse gas rules, citing the possibility of “months” of delay while a district court weighs a similar case with a key procedural hearing slated for mid-April.

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Reports Highlight Growing Private Sector Warnings On Climate Risk

A top management consulting firm and a credit ratings agency are separately warning that the far-reaching threats to various sectors from unchecked climate change continue to grow, providing detailed risk projections ranging from Florida’s real estate market to utility infrastructure across the country.

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House bill seeks disclosure on GHG levels, sources from federal lands

The legislation would require drilling companies to meet Sustainable Accounting Standards Board for reporting the greenhouse gas impacts of their operations on federal land and water.

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House GOP weighs response to Democrats’ climate agenda

The Republican plan is unlikely to include comprehensive solutions such as carbon pricing, but instead will focus on research or other incentive-based approaches to the issue.

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NRDC Seeks Speedy Ruling On Vehicle GHG Model, Citing OMB Review

Environmentalists are urging an appellate court to rule quickly in their already expedited case seeking release of an EPA computer model they hope will show that current vehicle greenhouse gas rules are lower than the administration claims, citing the formal start of the White House’s review of rules rolling back the current standards.

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9th Circuit ‘Reluctantly’ Scraps Youth Case Seeking Federal Climate Plan

A divided appellate court panel is “reluctantly” dismissing youth plaintiffs’ litigation seeking to force the federal government to develop a plan significantly limiting carbon emissions that cause climate change, finding that the plaintiffs’ “impressive case for redress must be presented to the political branches of government.”

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Most Democrats back USMCA despite climate concerns

Only nine Senate Democrats voted against the Trump administration’s proposal to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement, with many citing the deal’s lack of climate change provisions.

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Final Efficiency Standard ‘Process’ Update Raises Bar For New Rules

The Trump administration has completed a broad overhaul its “process” for setting appliance energy efficiency standards, significantly raising the bar for officials in future administrations to set new or updated standards that in the past have been a major driver of greenhouse gas emission cuts.

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As Review Starts, Vehicle GHG Rollback Expected To Ease Safety Benefits

As the White House begins reviewing EPA and the Transportation Department’s (DOT) draft final rule rolling back Obama-era vehicle greenhouse gas standards, an industry source says the measure might reduce the claimed safety benefits by a factor of 10 after a barrage of criticism that the methodology for asserting the benefits was flawed.

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