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A federal appeals court’s vacatur of a Trump EPA rule aimed at limiting the agency’s ability to regulate greenhouse gas emissions is a major win for the Biden administration, lawyers say, because it clears the path for EPA to pursue rules for sectors that emit GHGs below the large Trump-era threshold that would have excluded most sources.

President Joe Biden’s first budget request to Congress includes funding boosts for a wide range of climate policies that reflect his whole-of-government approach to the issue, while also codifying many spending priorities laid out by his infrastructure proposal unveiled last month.

Washington state lawmakers have approved a low-carbon fuel standard (LCFS) modeled after programs operating in California and Oregon, completing a long-envisioned West Coast market for cleaner vehicle fuels that officials hope will help meet states’ greenhouse gas-reduction and climate change objectives.

Environmentalists and others who are pressing federal financial regulators to require corporations to disclose their climate risks say significant improvements in data and analytical capabilities are enabling clearer identification of such physical risks to corporate assets, bolstering prospects that investors and regulators are likely to demand such reporting.

Several House Democrats are urging the Biden administration to relaunch global trade talks aimed at eliminating tariffs on wind turbines, solar water heaters and other “environmental goods” that could help address climate change, a step that holds the potential to boost exports of U.S.-made clean energy products.

White House climate policy coordinator Gina McCarthy says initial funding to assist disadvantaged communities under the administration’s environmental justice program should go to “visible” projects that could broaden support for federal climate initiatives, as well as the Biden administration’s infrastructure plan.

A federal appeals court has paused litigation challenging the Trump administration delay of higher penalties for violating fuel economy standards, as Biden officials at the Transportation Department are poised to float a proposed rule to reverse the delay as part of their efforts to limit greenhouse gas emissions.

A group representing appliance manufacturers is expressing early concerns about the Energy Department’s (DOE) proposal to roll back the Trump administration’s rule codifying the “process” for how officials develop product efficiency standards, charging that the move boosts uncertainty for the sector.

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