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Climate Policy Watch

California Said To 'Counter' EPA Vehicle GHG Proposal Amid New Talks

California and Trump administration officials are again ramping up negotiations over changes to vehicle greenhouse gas and fuel economy rules, with the parties hosting a Nov. 13 meeting -- the first of its kind in more than six weeks -- to discuss the issue amid EPA claims that the state has submitted a “counter-proposal.”

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EPA's Truck Plan May Limit California But Officials Promise Collaboration

EPA's plan to develop new rules to limit nitrogen oxide (NOx) from heavy-duty trucks could provide the sector leverage to negotiate flexibilities with California, which is planning its own rules, but the plan is also prompting cautious praise from environmentalists and others who suggest the effort may avoid the kind of clash occurring in the light-duty sector.

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New York City seeks to overturn preemption ruling in climate nuisance suit

“Nor is Congress’s regulatory scheme sufficiently comprehensive to crowd out a state-law nuisance or trespass claim seeking compensation for the costs of responding to the effects of climate change,” the brief states.

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EPA Poised To Announce Plans For New Heavy-Duty Truck Rulemaking

EPA on Nov. 13 is poised to announce a Cleaner Trucks Initiative that is expected to include plans for a future rulemaking to update nitrogen oxides (NOx) emissions standard for heavy duty trucks, a measure long sought by state and local officials though the measure could also include some important flexibility for manufacturers.

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ACE Comments Spark Contentious Debate Over Legality Of NSR Changes

EPA is facing starkly different interpretations of the legality of its plan to ease the threshold for triggering strict new source review (NSR) air permits for coal plants complying with its proposed utility climate rule, reviving a decades-old debate with pro-coal industry groups backing the changes and environmentalists strongly opposed.

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Judge rejects part of suit seeking U.S. climate reports to United Nations

>The judge has given environmentalists 30 days to explain why they suffered injury from the administration's failure to submit the reports.

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Keystone Ruling Offers Fresh Rebuke Of Reasoning Behind Trump Rollbacks

The federal court decision rejecting the State Department's environmental review of the Keystone tar sands pipeline has delivered a fresh rebuke of Trump administration's efforts to reverse Obama-era climate and other policies, and could preview or even boost other battles where critics fault the administration for failing to adequately justify policy rollbacks.

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Latinos push Democrats on climate legislation, poll shows

Environmentalists say Latino voters are disproportionately affected by climate change and want House Democrats to pass climate legislation and block Trump's environmental roll backs.

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Kids' climate trial faces another delay

The 9th Circuit's order “only placed a stay on trial -- trial preparations will continue for the youth plaintiffs and the federal government defendants,” the plaintiffs' lawyers said in a statement.

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Democrats Likely To Use CRA As Messaging Tool To Fight EPA Rollbacks

House Democrats are expected to use the Congressional Review Act (CRA) -- the law historically used by Republicans to rescind swaths of the Obama administration's regulatory agenda -- as a political weapon to challenge the Trump administration's deregulatory efforts at EPA and other agencies when they formally assume control of the chamber in 2019.

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