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Senate adds short-term CFATS extension to emergency aid package

The three-month extension means lawmakers will soon have to debate the chemical facility security program’s future given Trump administration calls to end it.

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McKenna leaves White House post

Michael McKenna, the former Republican energy lobbyist who joined the White House last fall, resigned after an unspecified complaint was lodged against him regarding statements he made at work.

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Climate Backers Pin Hopes On Next Virus Bill After Stimulus Spurns Push

Supporters of climate and environmental measures are turning their hopes to a potential “phase 4” bill to respond to the coronavirus pandemic after lawmakers spurned a suite of proposals in an unprecedented $2 trillion stimulus package speeding toward approval this this week.

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EPW converts hearing on HFC bill to ‘information’ process

The Senate environment committee previously scheduled a hearing on the HFC bill after a Senate floor clash on whether to it the bipartisan bill to a broader energy policy package.

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Coronavirus response bill prompts clash over green priorities

Senate Republicans charge that Democrats are blocking up a coronavirus economic response bill “unless they get to dust off the Green New Deal.”

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Coronavirus response bill prompts clash over environmental priorities

Senate Republicans charge that Democrats are blocking up a coronavirus economic response bill “unless they get to dust off the Green New Deal.”

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Groups Say Coronavirus Highlights Need For Climate Adaptation, GHG Cuts

Environmental groups and analysts that support more ambitious steps to address climate change are urging the federal government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic to include a broad shift to clean energy, while noting that the public health crisis is underscoring the importance of preparing for climate-related disasters like extreme weather.

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Water Utilities Seek Financial Assistance In Coronavirus Stimulus Package

Municipally owned drinking water and wastewater utilities are urging senators to provide financial assistance for their sector in upcoming economic stimulus legislation to offset the effects of the novel coronavirus, citing concerns about expected revenue losses and new sick- and family medical-leave requirements.

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Final Vehicle GHG Rule Appears Near Despite Cost-Benefit Challenges

Trump administration officials are scrambling to rollback EPA’s vehicle greenhouse gas standards despite indications the rule could have little net benefit to society -- or even result in net costs -- with sources saying the administration is still targeting March 31 or shortly thereafter for its release.

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CCS backers seek higher FY21 funding for EPA, DOE programs

Increased funding would go toward EPA’s permitting program for carbon dioxide storage, as well as research and development efforts at the Energy Department.

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