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EPA has formally begun communications with President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team, ending weeks of delay after the Trump administration contested Biden’s victory, with one former top agency official expressing optimism that Biden’s team is well prepared to manage the shift in control of the agency.

Democratic attorneys general (AGs) from 17 states and the District of Columbia are urging a federal district court in California to overturn the Trump administration’s Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction rule, arguing the policy is flawed for three independent reasons, or alternatively, that it is unlawful under the Chevron discretion standard.

President-elect Joe Biden is expected to tap former Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen, who supports a bipartisan plan for a carbon tax, to lead the Treasury Department, underscoring Biden’s plans for a broad government-wide push to address climate change.

Even though President-elect Joe Biden is planning to quickly rejoin the Paris climate agreement, longtime climate policy experts acknowledge the United States could face a credibility gap across the globe after multiple instances of brokering major climate pacts only to subsequently back away from them.

The new 28-member Zero Emissions Transportation Association (ZETA), the first industry coalition calling for a complete transition to all-electric vehicle (EV) sales within the decade, is crafting an agenda that will seek to pull “all levers” to achieve the sweeping target.