Refiners are petitioning EPA to reconsider an Obama-era decision to deny them a waiver from having to comply with renewable fuel standard (RFS) cellulosic biofuel blending requirements for 2016, teeing up a test for the Trump administration on a controversial aspect of the RFS that is also at issue in suits over the 2017 mandates.
President Donald Trump is weighing a wide-ranging executive order to target multiple Obama administration climate change measures, according to a draft version, which calls for a “rewrite” of EPA's greenhouse gas rules for new and existing power plants, while repealing numerous executive actions crafted by the prior administration.
EPA's greenhouse gas inventory is significantly underestimating methane emissions from natural gas power plants and petroleum refineries, according to a new study from Purdue University that suggests the categories “contribute significantly” to U.S. emissions and recommends further work -- including enhanced monitoring -- to understand and curb the emissions.
The Trump EPA is opening the door to an industry request to consolidate pending challenges over the Obama administration's denials of their administrative petitions concerning EPA's power plant greenhouse gas rule into the separate, already-argued cause on the rule's merits -- a move that would further delay a long-awaited ruling.
President Donald Trump's planned executive order targeting EPA's greenhouse gas rule for existing power plants is expected to allow the agency to determine whether to entirely scrap the rule or issue a revised version that significantly scales back its requirements.
EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is casting doubt that carbon dioxide is a “primary” contributor to global warming, a statement sharply at odds with mainstream climate science but one that signals a heavy deregulatory agenda for the agency while seemingly ending questions that the Trump administration might take a softer approach on climate policy.
Environmental groups say they intend to oppose any Trump administration request for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to remand or place in abeyance litigation over EPA's power plant greenhouse gas rule, saying it is important for the court to rule on many issues in the case regardless of whether the Trump EPA intends to scale back the rule.