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Court won’t rehear FERC GHG case, but new request filed

Appellate judges refused to consider a three-judge panel’s ruling in a high-profile challenge to a gas pipeline project, though the court is facing a similar request in a related case over a different project.

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ACE Backers Reach ‘Gentlemen’s Agreement’ Not To Raise Key CPP Claim

Industry and state supporters of EPA’s Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) power plant greenhouse gas rule are expected to ignore a key argument they made against the Obama-era climate rule it is replacing, reaching a “gentlemen’s agreement” among themselves not to raise the issue in forthcoming litigation over the rule.

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Group projects massive GHGs from federal oil, gas drilling

The Trump administration is resisting calls to estimate the lifecycle GHGs from its leasing decisions, but one environmental group projects that leases approved since 2017 could generate 5.2 billion tons of emissions.

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CEI Urges DOE To Drop Carbon ‘Cost’ In Measuring Efficiency Benefits

A free-market group is urging the Energy Department (DOE) to drop its use of the social cost of carbon (SCC) when developing appliance efficiency standards, though opponents of the Trump administration’s deregulatory agenda are already fighting agencies’ use of a narrowed approach to the SCC in court.

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EPA backs effort to scrap litigation over CPP

The agency says that state and industry petitioners have “secured the relief they sought in this lawsuit,” challenging the Obama-era Clean Power Plan, which the Trump EPA has formally rescinded.

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Biomass Industry Appears Unlikely To Challenge Co-Firing Bar In ACE

The biomass industry appears unlikely to challenge EPA’s decision in its Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) power plant greenhouse gas rule to remove co-firing with biomass as a compliance mechanism, even though the agency proposed to allow it and industry strongly supported it.

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Environmentalists Push Back Against Plan To Weaken Methane NSPS

Environmental groups are ramping up warnings of the climate and health damages from oil and gas industry methane emissions, just as the Trump EPA draws closer to issuing a proposal that is expected to seek to rescind an Obama-era policy directly regulating methane emissions from new and modified sources.

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EPA moves to speed oil, gas NSR air permitting on tribal land

The agency says its proposed change to Clean Air Act new source review permitting mandates would accelerate the permit process for oil and gas producers operating on tribal land.

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Health Groups Waste Little Time Suing Over EPA’s Final ACE Climate Rule

Two major public health groups have wasted little time suing over EPA’s final Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule, the Trump administration’s limited approach to controlling power plant greenhouse gas emissions, the same day the rule was formally promulgated and the first day of a 60-day period petitioners have to sue.

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Trump EPA Critics Question ACE Rule RIA, Flagging Uncertain Benefits

Environmentalists and other critics of the Trump administration are questioning EPA’s cost-benefit analysis for its Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) power plant climate rule, charging that the agency’s official projections of modest benefits could be inflated and that the rule might even result in higher carbon emissions.

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