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As Trump Order Looms, Groups Hint At 'Change' In EPA Stance In NSPS Suit

Parties in the litigation over EPA's greenhouse gas standards for new power plants are jointly submitting a proposed format for oral arguments in the suit scheduled for next month, though it hints that the Trump administration could soon formally change the agency's position in the case and disrupt the plan given an anticipated presidential directive to the agency to “rewrite” the rule.

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Refiners Petition EPA To Reconsider 2016 RFS Cellulosic Biofuel Mandates

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.

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Senators urge Trump to retain RFS obligation point

Senators urge President Donald Trump to retain the RFS's compliance mechanism amid mounting concern over a push by White House adviser Carl Icahn to change it -- and serve his own business interests.

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Draft Trump Executive Order Has Wide-Ranging Attacks On Climate Rules

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.

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Analysis Says EPA Understates Methane From Power Plants, Refineries

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.

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EPA Opens Door To Consolidating ESPS Suits But Seeks Additional Parties

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.

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Refiners target EPA's cellulosic targets in 2017 RFS

Refiners are detailing alleged flaws with EPA's 2017 renewable fuel standard (RFS), but a federal appeals court will delay the case until it rules on a suit over the agency's 2014-2016 RFS.

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Court asks Trump DOJ to weigh in on fracking rule defense

The court “is concerned that the briefing filed by the Federal Appellants in these cases may no longer reflect the position of the Federal Appellants,” the order says.

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Trump Order Expected To Give EPA Choice To Scrap Or Replace 'Power Plan'

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.

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Pruitt Denies CO2 'Primary' Cause Of Warming, Spurring Sharp Criticism

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.

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