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Democrats’ Infrastructure Plan Infuses Climate, Environment Concerns

Democratic leaders in the House are floating the outlines of a massive proposal to fund transportation, energy and water infrastructure, arguing that multiple elements of the plan will advance efforts to mitigate and adapt to climate change, in addition to tackling conventional environmental problems.

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House Democrats’ Draft Climate Bill Elaborates On Numerous EPA Roles

New draft climate change legislation from House Energy & Commerce panel Democrats outlines numerous new or expanded tasks for EPA to achieve a mid-century target of achieving net-zero carbon emissions, including stringent vehicle standards, new carbon capture permitting requirements and updated equity mandates.

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EPA sees final utility NSPS update by ‘spring’

EPA in a new court filing says it hopes to send a draft final rollback of Obama-era GHG rules for new power plants to the White House sometime in March.

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Democrats’ Imminent GHG Bill Faces Some Early Environmentalist Scorn

Even before it has been formally released, House Democrats’ sweeping climate change proposal is facing sharp criticism from some environmental groups who charge that the legislation will allow polluting fuels such as natural gas and biomass, along with “ineffective” credit trading, as part of a pathway to achieve carbon neutrality in 2050.

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Citing Leaked Draft, Carper Details Host Of Flaws In Auto GHG Rollback

Even as the Trump administration’s draft final rule rolling back Obama-era vehicle greenhouse gas standards officially remains under wraps during White House review, a top Senate Democrat is disclosing several key aspects of a leaked draft that he says undermine several of the administration’s stated rationales for the policy.

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Oil major CEOs mull much broader GHG targets

Companies are mulling targeting so-called “Scope 3” emissions, which are tied to consumers’ use of oil and gas companies’ products.

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Environmentalists sue EPA to force action on oil & gas air plans

Environmentalists’ suit seeks to force reductions in both ozone and methane based on Obama-era requirements for oil and gas drilling operations.

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Groups Urge Full D.C. Circuit To End FERC ‘Tolling Orders’ In Pipeline Suit

Environmental groups and aligned states are urging a full federal appeals court to overturn a three-judge panel’s split ruling that upheld the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) use of “tolling orders” that allow it to defer final administrative action on pipelines or other energy infrastructure, while allowing the projects at issue to proceed.

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Firm Drops California Gas Plant, Likely Ending Novel BACT Suit Against EPA

The developer of a proposed natural gas-fired power plant in southern California has abruptly canceled the project, likely ending environmentalists’ novel lawsuit against EPA for not requiring the plant to use battery storage to satisfy best available control technology (BACT) requirements in a prevention of significant deterioration (PSD) permit.

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Environmentalists Expand Suit Targeting Western Oil & Gas Leasing

Environmental groups are significantly expanding their litigation challenging the climate change-related analysis supporting federal oil and gas drilling leases across the West, targeting over 2,000 leases in five states while also trying to block nearly 500 separate leases that were the subject of a prior suit from the groups.

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