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Climate Policy Watch

RFS Waivers Proposal Raises Difficult Policy, Legal, Political Questions

EPA’s supplemental proposal to increase biofuel blending volumes required under the renewable fuel standard (RFS) in 2020 creates a host of tough policy, political and legal questions for the RFS and Trump administration, because the plan is prompting strong push-back from biofuels supporters and oil industry critics.

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Biofuels sector cites contradictory EPA position to boost RFS waiver suit

The Advanced Biofuels Association is citing EPA’s seemingly contradictory position on whether renewable fuel standard waiver suits should be heard in a national or regional appeals court.

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Senate Rejects Democrats’ CRA Effort To Scrap EPA ACE Climate Rule

The Senate on a bipartisan 41-53 vote has rejected Democrats’ attempt to scrap EPA’s Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) power plant greenhouse gas rule and reinstate the stricter Obama-era Clean Power Plan (CPP), though Democrats are warning that vulnerable Republicans might pay an electoral price by backing the weaker GHG rule.

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D.C. Circuit Weighing Pipeline Rehearing Request Over ‘Tolling’ Orders

An appeals court is weighing landowners’ request to rehear a decision upholding federal approval of a major natural gas pipeline that relied on “tolling orders” under the Natural Gas Act to circumvent the landowners’ concerns, with a positive ruling potentially easing the path for opponents to block pipelines over climate impacts and other concerns.

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Wheeler Stresses ‘Common-Sense, 50-State’ Approach For Truck NOx Rule

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler says the agency next year will begin one of its “most important regulatory actions” by proposing stricter nitrogen oxide (NOx) limits on heavy-duty trucks that will provide a “common-sense, 50-state” national solution, even as California is separately crafting its own truck NOx standards.

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NRDC, EDF detail FOIA appeal seeking EPA vehicle GHG data

The groups contend that the so-called OMEGA model would show far lower costs for vehicle efficiency technologies than the Trump administration is assuming in its rollback.

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NRDC cites RGGI economic boost to urge expansion

The economic benefits from renewable and efficiency investments under the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative “make a strong case” for Pennsylvania and Virginia to join the program, the environmental group says.

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Biofuels Groups Accuse EPA Of ‘Betrayal’ Over Weaker Plan To Boost RFS

Biofuels groups are accusing EPA of “betrayal” after the agency significantly weakened a proposal to boost biofuel blending goals under the renewable fuel standard (RFS), saying the plan unveiled Oct. 15 sets dramatically lower fuel production targets than the groups believed they had secured in a major deal with the White House.

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Wheeler announces new SAB members

The three new members who are employed by a federal laboratory, a state environmental agency and an environmental group mark a shift from the Trump administration’s earlier focus on industry representation.

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Glider Truck Makers Renew Push To Scrap Obama EPA Production Limits

Manufacturers of “glider” trucks that contain used engines are redoubling their efforts to repeal the Obama EPA’s production limits on the sector, publicly urging the Trump administration to revive a long-moribund plan to scrap the 2016 limits on such vehicles that apply if they do not include modern pollution controls.

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