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Trump floats Christie, Clements as FERC nominees

If the Senate confirms the bipartisan pair of nominees, it would restore the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to its full slate of five members for the first time in more than a year.

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EDF Cites SCC Court Ruling In Late Push Against EPA Methane Rollbacks

Environmentalists are seizing on a recent court ruling that faults the Trump administration’s scaled-back “interim” estimates of the cost of climate damages to bolster their arguments that EPA’s soon-to-be-completed rollback of methane limits on new oil and gas facilities is unlawful.

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Despite Rollback, CARB Urges EPA To Retain Oil & Gas Reporting Rules

California officials are pressing the Trump administration to retain several recordkeeping and reporting mandates for oil and gas transmission and storage facilities, arguing EPA has failed to justify scrapping them in its broader rollback of methane requirements in its 2016 new source performance standards (NSPS).

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DOJ’s Clark Says NEPA Rule Overhaul Will Erase Some Court Precedents

The top environment official at the Department of Justice (DOJ) says the White House’s newly finalized overhaul of National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) implementing rules could nullify multiple longstanding court precedents to the extent those cases were decided based on the prior rule issued in the 1970s, rather than the NEPA statute.

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Mixed Labor Reaction To Democrats’ Climate Plans Shows Balancing Act

Labor groups’ mixed reaction to Democrats’ emerging climate change and clean energy proposals highlights the balancing act that the party must perform in demonstrating that such policies will help workers, with Democrats vowing strong worker protections in the plans but some unions raising doubts about the feasibility of the policies.

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Environmentalists slam gas alternatives to electric buildings

“There is growing consensus that electrifying buildings [through electric appliances] is the clearest path to mitigating their pollution,” says a new report by Earthjustice and Sierra Club.

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GOP States, Industry Hail ACE Rule’s Return To ‘Limited Statutory Ambit’

Republican-led states, industry groups and unions supporting EPA in litigation over its Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) coal plant greenhouse gas rule are hailing EPA’s “return to the limited statutory ambit” for setting Clean Air Act standards at existing sources and for repealing the much more ambitious Obama-era Clean Power Plan (CPP).

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Critics Blast CEQ Rule Overhaul As Cutting ‘Heart’ Out Of NEPA’s Purpose

The White House Council on Environmental Quality’s (CEQ) overhaul of its National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) implementing rule eviscerates the “heart” of the bedrock environmental law and seeks to turn it into an efficient project approval tool, according to legal experts critical of the controversial regulation.

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In Blow To Trump Rollbacks, Court Finds ‘Interim’ SCC Not ‘Best’ Science

A federal district judge has found that Trump administration officials arbitrarily relied on their aggressively scaled-back social cost of carbon (SCC) metric to justify a rollback of Obama-era methane standards for oil and gas equipment, a decision that could undermine efforts to scrap a host of climate mitigation policies.

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As Critics Vow Litigation, Trump Touts ‘Unprecedented’ NEPA Overhaul

President Donald Trump unveiled the White House’s first major rewrite of rules for how agencies implement the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the bedrock environmental law intended to solicit public input on major federal decisions, though critics are already promising to file suit over the policy for limiting such input.

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