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Climate Policy Watch

Carbon tax group grows, touts poll support for 'dividend' plan

Two oil and gas majors are each pledging $1 million for a political group that supports a carbon tax-and-dividend proposal, and the group is releasing new polling results finding wide public support for the plan.

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EPA Said To Cut PM Benefits In Final ACE Rule To Reduce Premature Deaths

EPA in its final Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) power plant greenhouse gas rule is expected to include a controversial projection of far fewer benefits tied to reductions in particulate matter (PM), according to a news report, a decision that would significantly lower the estimated number of additional premature deaths compared to a calculation in the proposed version of the rule.

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D.C. Circuit rejects biofuels group’s bid for RFS waiver injunction

The court’s rejection of a biofuels group’s request for an injunction frees EPA to issue up to 40 such “small refiner” exemptions from RFS blending mandates.

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CARB Sees ‘Staggering Array’ Of New Rules Due To Trump Vehicle GHG Plan

California air chief Mary Nichols is reiterating warnings about the adverse impacts of the Trump administration’s proposed rollback of vehicle greenhouse gas and fuel economy standards and its preemption of stricter state limits, saying it will force states to take a series of “dramatic” regulatory steps to offset the resulting emissions increases.

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Funding Bar On Paris Exit May Indicate Democrats' Selective Rider Strategy

House Democrats are advancing a fiscal year 2020 State Department spending bill that would bar the Trump administration from using funds to withdraw from the Paris climate deal, a move that may signal a selective strategy on environmental policy riders after an initial draft EPA funding bill largely omitted them.

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GOP Tax Writers Skeptical Of Industry Carbon Tax Plan But Back 'Innovation'

Republicans on the House tax-writing committee are expressing significant skepticism over an industry-backed carbon tax plan that supporters say would be coupled with regulatory “streamlining,” arguing that any policy to address climate change should rely on “innovation” to improve cutting-edge, low-carbon technologies.

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Renewed Climate Debate Highlights Labor As Skeptical But Crucial Player

The renewed climate debate in Congress is underscoring labor's role as a skeptical yet crucial constituency in determining the success or failure of ambitious greenhouse gas mitigation policies, with unions withholding their support of broad policies like the Green New Deal (GND) until they can be shown the plans can preserve or bolster jobs.

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EPA seminar examines generational effects of a carbon tax

The agency is hosting an environmental economics seminar on a paper exploring how to share efficiency gains from an optimally designed carbon tax, though the policy faces little short-term prospects in Congress.

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New Industry-Environment Coalition Seeks To Break Hill GHG Gridlock

A new coalition of top businesses and environmental group is launching to support enacting new legislation “as soon as possible” that includes “an economy-wide price on carbon,” the first time in over a decade that such a group has formed to advance major federal climate change policy.

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Environmentalists Resist EPA's Court Bid To Kill Controversial TMDL Theory

Environmentalists are seeking to preserve a lower court ruling that upheld the controversial judicial doctrine that requires EPA to develop cleanup plans for impaired waters when states decline to act, pushing back on a recent Justice Department (DOJ) effort to kill the doctrine or at least limit its reach.

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