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Environmentalists expand suit over oil & gas air plans

The Center for Biological Diversity is adding new claims concerning the Denver and Phoenix areas to its suit seeking EPA action on a host of state plans to curb methane and ozone-forming pollution from oil and gas drilling.

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Democrats’ Gas-Focused CES Faulted But Study Sees Air Quality Benefits

Some environmentalists are criticizing a plan floated by Democrats on the House energy panel because it includes a clean energy standard (CES) with partial credit for natural gas but a new study suggests their CES could cut more criteria pollutants than a competing plan without such credit, highlighting tradeoffs in power sector climate policy.

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Study suggests dramatic undercount in oil & gas methane

A new “top-down” scientific study suggests that natural sources of methane are much smaller than previously thought, and that emissions from man-made activity tied to fossil fuels are much larger.

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BP makes long-term GHG pledge

The British-based oil and gas major is pledging to achieve net-zero emissions from its “entire operations” and upstream production by mid-century, and halve the emissions intensity of its products by that timeframe.

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California Natural Gas Phaseout Fight Heats Up Over Pipeline Project, Equity

The fight in California over phasing down the use of natural gas in homes and buildings is becoming increasingly contentious, as environmentalists are criticizing state power regulators for approving a major gas pipeline improvement project and equity groups urge officials to prioritize disadvantaged communities in the transition to electricity.

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Auto GHG Rule Delays Threaten To Create New ‘Lead Time’ Legal Risks

The Trump administration’s chronic delays in completing its rollback of Obama-era vehicle greenhouse gas and fuel economy rules are threatening to introduce a new legal risk to the rulemaking, given a looming statutory “lead time” deadline for the Transportation Department to complete its standards.

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Senate Democrats Give EPA Lead Role In Achieving Net-Zero GHG Goal

Nearly three dozen Senate Democrats are introducing new legislation directing EPA to implement a far-reaching plan using its existing Clean Air Act authority to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, while including strong labor and environmental justice protections.

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Senate Democrats Gives EPA Lead Role In Achieving Net-Zero GHG Goal

Nearly three dozen Senate Democrats are introducing new legislation directing EPA to implement a far-reaching plan using its existing Clean Air Act authority to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, while including strong labor and environmental justice protections.

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BLM may exempt land-use planning from NEPA

If such plans were exempt from NEPA, however, the Bureau of Land Management would no longer need to report on the environmental effects of a plan proposing to open public lands to energy development.

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D.C. Circuit’s briefing plan for ACE suit punts argument to fall

Briefing in the consolidated litigation over EPA’s Affordable Clean Energy power plant greenhouse gas rule is scheduled to conclude at the end of July, meaning oral arguments likely won’t occur until at least September.

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