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Climate Policy Watch

Experts’ Mid-Century Climate Roadmap Estimates Massive Job Gains

A new report by sustainability experts touts an array of short- and longer-term strategies to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, estimating that job gains under the approach would dwarf job losses and that the effort would not increase oil and gas sector unemployment over the next decade.

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Unions Float ‘Just Transition’ Costs For 2035 Net-Zero GHG Power Target

A coalition of eight energy-intensive labor unions is renewing concerns about job losses in the energy and manufacturing sectors from Democrats’ power sector climate plans, while pushing for significant federal funding for a “just transition” to handle such a shift.

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Biofuels groups ask court to force EPA disclosure of RFS waiver data

Biofuels advocacy groups are asking a federal district court to force EPA to disclose information on dozens of small refiner renewable fuel standard (RFS) waivers granted for previous RFS compliance years.

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Briefing concludes in suit over state auto GHG preemption

An appellate court has not yet scheduled oral arguments in the legal challenge, and the Nov. 3 election may create the possibility of a litigation reset if Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden prevails.

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Clean Energy Advocates Eye Potential Progress In Down-Ballot Races

Clean energy advocates are watching an array of down-ballot races in the Nov. 3 elections across multiple states, hoping to accelerate legislative or regulatory embrace of clean energy and climate change policies depending on whether backers are able to shift control of state legislatures or regulatory bodies.

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U.S. Industry, Environmentalists Fault Stringency Of IMO Ship GHG Plans

A working group of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) that sets global environmental standards for shipping is recommending a series of draft energy efficiency measures to further limit greenhouse gases from shipping, but the plan is facing criticism from the U.S. shipping industry and environmentalists for being too weak.

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U.S. Industry, Environmentalists Say IMO Plan To Cut Ship GHGs Too Weak

A working group of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) that sets global environmental standards for shipping is recommending a series of draft energy efficiency measures to further limit greenhouse gases from shipping, but the plan is facing criticism from the U.S. shipping industry and environmentalists for being too weak.

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EPA, free-market groups spar over standing in ACE suit

One appellate judge had questioned whether free-market groups have standing to challenge EPA’s rule, though the group’s say a recent court ruling in a separate case bolsters their position.

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D.C. Circuit Rejects Stay Bid For EPA’s Oil & Gas Methane Rollback Rule

An appellate court is rejecting a request by Democratic-led states and environmentalists to stay EPA’s rule scrapping methane controls for new oil and gas facilities, though the court is also setting a quick pace for the litigation as petitioners had requested.

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Nichols Says CARB’s Vehicle GHG Deals Can Be Template For U.S. Rules

California air board chief Mary Nichols, who says she would accept an offer to be EPA administrator under a potential Biden administration, believes the state’s recently finalized voluntary “framework” deals with five automakers on reducing greenhouse gases should serve as a template for national model year 2022-26 rules.

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