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California Cites Indoor Air Harms To Aid Building Gas-Appliance Phaseout

California air and energy regulators are boosting their drive to phase out natural gas appliances in buildings and move almost exclusively to using electric appliances by citing data showing gas stoves worsen indoor air quality and threaten public health, while gas utilities continue to fight the state’s strategy to “decarbonize” the building sector.

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Oil Sector Hopes High Court Climate Suit Will Stymie Nuisance Challenges

Oil industry representatives are welcoming the Supreme Court’s decision to hear a technical aspect of Baltimore’s climate change nuisance suit against the sector, hoping the justices will back the industry’s push to keep such cases in federal court rather than state court as plaintiffs prefer -- but the case might not result in a ruling that decides the venue.

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Oil & Gas Pipelines Face ‘Rocky Road’ Due To Sharpened Legal Challenges

Federal approvals for new oil and gas pipelines face what one environmentalist attorney calls a “rocky road” due to opponents’ increasingly sharpened legal challenges and more sophisticated arguments against the projects than earlier suits, with industry lawyers agreeing that pipeline critics are enjoying significant success in such cases.

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Downplaying Harm Claims, EPA Opposes Bid To Stay Methane Rollback

EPA is opposing a request from environmentalists and a coalition of almost two dozen mostly Democratic-led states for an emergency stay halting implementation of the agency’s decision to roll back Obama-era oil and gas industry methane emission limits, downplaying critics’ claim of “irreparable harm” from the rollback.

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Industry, 17 Republican State AGs Back Reversal Of Keystone XL Ruling

Industry and municipal groups, along with 17 Republican state attorneys general (AGs) and free-market proponents, are backing an appeal of a district court ruling that prohibited use of a Clean Water Act general permit for the Keystone XL pipeline, calling the lower court’s ruling a “bait-and-switch” tactic that raises questions about judicial fairness.

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Democrats, Environmentalists Back Suit Aiming To Block Dakota Pipeline

A coalition of 18 mostly Democratic-led states, 20 House Democrats, four Democratic senators and two environmental groups is backing a suit aiming to uphold a district court decision that a key Army Corps of Engineers’ Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) approval violated the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

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Wheeler Criticizes California, China Plans For Reducing Greenhouse Gases

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler is criticizing announcements from California and China on plans to reduce greenhouse gases, describing as infeasible the Golden State’s broad climate plan mandating that all new passenger vehicles sold in the state starting in 2035 have zero emissions and calling China’s effort an empty promise.

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Responding To California Wildfires, Newsom Signs Broad Climate Order

In his bid to fight climate change amid devastating wildfires, California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) has signed a broad executive order (EO) setting a goal that all new passenger vehicles sold in the state starting in 2035 have zero emissions, asking the Legislature to stop issuing hydraulic fracturing permits by 2024, and boosting clean energy sources.

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Court Sets Argument In Dakota Pipeline Suit For Day After 2020 Election

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit will hear oral argument Nov. 4 in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ appeal of a lower court ruling vacating its approval of a key easement allowing the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) to cross under a Missouri River tributary, one day after the Nov. 3 presidential election.

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State coalition seeks stay of EPA oil and gas air rule rollback

The request from the coalition of almost two dozen mostly Democratic-led states follows a similar request from environmentalists for a federal appeals court to halt EPA’s oil and gas air rule rollback.

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