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AGs urge BLM to redo coal leasing program NEPA review

Attorneys general for California, New York, New Mexico and Washington charge that Trump officials conducted a “rushed” assessment of its decision to lift an Obama-era coal lease moratorium.

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After Two Years, Report Finds Trump Yet To Win Climate Rollback In Court

The Trump administration has not successfully defended any climate deregulatory effort in court during its first two years, a new report finds, even though EPA and other agencies have been able to delay implementation of some rules and are poised to complete several major rollbacks in the coming months that will spur additional lawsuits.

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Refiners rush to file first suit over EPA’s E15 fuel sales waiver

The American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers suit, likely the first of several that critics are expected to file, comes one day before the president is slated to tout the rule in Iowa.

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Senate Democrats push U.S. Chamber to support climate science

Over a dozen Senate Democrats are urging the industry group to protect EPA’s greenhouse gas risk finding and oppose any Trump administration effort to “limit science behind the National Climate Assessment.”

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EPA’s RFS Refiner Waivers Could Make 2020 Fuel Targets ‘Meaningless’

Biofuels industry officials are warning that EPA’s ongoing issuance of waivers to small refiners from having to meet renewable fuel standard (RFS) biofuel blending mandates could make the agency’s imminent proposed 2020 RFS fuel production targets “meaningless” because the exemptions undermine biofuels production levels.

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Major union endorses Green New Deal

The Service Employees International Union has become the first national union to endorse the Green New Deal, though energy and construction sector unions have voiced significant concerns.

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9th Circuit tosses Keystone permit suit

The litigation challenged the environmental review of the Trump administration’s permit for the Keystone XL project, but the appellate court held that a subsequent “presidential permit” made the case moot.

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EPA Shuffles Top Air Officials In Possible Retaliation For Auto Rule Fight

Critics of the Trump administration say EPA’s Office of Air & Radiation (OAR) staff shuffle that removes longtime transportation air quality chief Chris Grundler from his post may be retaliation for agency career employees pushing back on efforts to undo Obama-era rules, including vehicle greenhouse gas and fuel economy standards.

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Automakers Issue 11th-Hour Pitch To ‘Resurrect’ Vehicle GHG Talks

Nearly all major auto manufacturers in a late-hour pitch are urging the White House and California to “resurrect” negotiations toward a “compromise” vehicle fuel economy and greenhouse gas plan, despite widespread doubts that policymakers can forge such a deal that averts a legal war over the rules.

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Manchin sole Democrat not sponsoring Paris climate bill

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) is the sole Senate Democrat not to co-sponsor a bill that cleared the House, with unanimous Democratic backing, barring the United States’ exit from the Paris Agreement.

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