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Rep. Burgess Sees Energy Panel As Path To Renewed GOP House Majority

Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX), who is running to lead Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee next year, says he intends to eventually chair the powerful committee, arguing issues under its jurisdiction such as hydraulic fracturing and restoring the economy will be central for the GOP regaining control of the chamber in 2022.

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4th Circuit’s CWA Permit Stay Raises Questions About Pipeline’s Future

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit has halted the use of a Clean Water Act (CWA) general permit for the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) in West Virginia and Virginia pending a challenge to permit, raising questions about whether the pipeline can meet its goal of going into service in 2021.

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Biden Expected To Quickly Pivot To Sweeping Climate Regulatory Agenda

President-elect Joe Biden’s administration is widely expected to quickly pursue a sweeping climate-focused agenda, according to multiple experts, including new regulations that may be more durable than Obama-era measures, while also taking major “Day One” steps on climate via executive actions.

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Amid Calls For Major Climate Steps, Biden May Get Only Modest Hill Wins

Investments and incentives to address climate change are the most plausible near-term legislative agenda items for the incoming Biden administration, multiple observers say, though environmentalists and others will continue to press for mandatory policies, including carbon pricing, to reduce greenhouse gases.

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Wheeler Vows RFS Help For Refiners, Criticizes Push For Electric Vehicles

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler is promising help for refiners with “out of control” renewable fuel standard (RFS) compliance costs, but warning refiners and their biofuels-producing rivals that they both face a common enemy with the expanded use of electric vehicles (EVs) -- a policy a potential Biden administration might pursue.

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EPA asks high court to extend briefing deadline in RFS waiver suit

If the justices grant the agency’s request, it would push resolution of litigation over EPA’s renewable fuel standard (RFS) small refinery waiver policy into 2021.

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Latta Touts Record In Bid For GOP Leadership Of Energy & Commerce Panel

As he runs to lead Republicans on the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee in the next Congress, Rep. Bob Latta (R-OH) is touting his accomplishments as a legislator, including working across the aisle to pass bills and address complex problems like climate change and exposure to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

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D.C. Circuit Appears Likely To Reject DAPL Appeal But Remedy Unclear

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit appears likely to uphold a lower court decision finding that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers failed to conduct a required rigorous environmental review of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) but the judges did not seem to reach consensus on the proper legal remedy for the violation.

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Biofuels supporters tout ethanol’s role in 2020 election

Biofuels supporters are highlighting the importance of ethanol to Midwestern lawmakers of both parties, setting up a potential clash with opponents of biofuels mandates.

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Narrow Biden Victory Would Set Stage For Regulatory Climate Focus

Capitol Hill Democrats’ weak showing in the 2020 elections could set the stage for a heavy emphasis on regulatory policies rather than sweeping legislation to advance climate policy, should Democratic nominee Joe Biden be declared the winner in the presidential contest.

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