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Groups, Ratepayers Seek CPUC Rehearing To Block New Fossil-Fired Power

California environmentalists and utility ratepayer representatives are seeking a rehearing by state energy regulators of a recent decision authorizing the procurement of new energy resources to ensure grid reliability in southern California, charging that the action fails to ensure that the power will not come from fossil fuels as intended.

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Climate Suit Backers See Differences With New York’s Failed Fraud Case

Supporters of a variety of novel climate change lawsuits are stressing the differences between their cases and New York’s failed securities fraud suit against oil giant ExxonMobil after a state trial court decisively rejected the Empire State’s case.

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Environmentalists detail early to-do list for next president

Among other steps, the groups want the next president to declare climate change to be a national emergency, set a “science-based” national greenhouse gas cap and significantly limit fossil fuel production.

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Democratic AGs tout actions opposing Trump environment rollbacks

In their efforts to challenge Trump rollbacks, state attorneys general are pointing to 28 “decided actions” to date in which they prevailed in all but one.

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Supreme Court declines to hear CWA 401 case

The decision likely bolsters a controversial Trump EPA effort to curtail states’ powers under the Clean Water Act.

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House Democrats Weigh Federalism Framework For Broad GHG Cuts

Top House Democrats are exploring a policy framework for achieving deep greenhouse gas cuts across the economy under which the federal government sets an enforceable goal for emission reductions while giving states discretion on how to reach that goal.

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EIP Sees Steep State Environment Cuts, Undermining ‘Cooperative’ Effort

Environmentalists have unveiled new findings showing steep staff and funding cuts to environmental agencies in most states over the past decade, arguing this undermines Trump EPA claims that the agency’s own resource limits are not degrading environmental protection but rather shifting responsibility to the states.

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Full D.C. Circuit Agrees To Rehear FERC Pipeline ‘Tolling Order’ Decision

In an unusual move, the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has agreed to rehear a three-judge panel’s decision upholding federal energy regulators’ use of controversial “tolling orders” that delay the ability of critics to sue over pipelines’ environmental impacts and other issues even as the projects move forward.

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Southern, AEP drop coal lobby membership

The utilities’ decision to leave the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity means the pro-coal lobbying group no longer has any investor-owned utility members.

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House Democrats Reflect States’ GHG Target Strategy In Bill Rollout

House Democrats’ broader climate change legislative program appears to reflect an approach by California and several other states that have adopted long-term zero-carbon goals for the power sector or broader economy after which officials developed myriad mitigation and other policies to achieve such targets.

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