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California air regulators are agreeing with state auditors to better track and measure greenhouse gas emission reductions in its numerous transportation programs and to accurately determine any socio-economic and job-creation benefits of its climate programs, though officials say they need more money and time to do so.

The Senate has easily confirmed Tom Vilsack as President Joe Biden’s agriculture secretary, a role in which he will have to navigate a tension between the administration’s backing of Midwestern ethanol and its support for boosting deployment of electric vehicles (EVs) as part of its climate change agenda.

Rep. Deb Haaland (D-NM), President Joe Biden’s nominee to lead the Interior Department (DOI), faces an uncertain path as key senators during the first day of her confirmation hearing Feb. 23 declined to indicate how they plan to vote and Haaland generally declined to offer firm pledges on how she would address their concerns about the future of fossil fuel development on federal lands and other issues she will oversee.

Auto dealers’ support for Virginia state legislation authorizing regulators to adopt California’s vehicle greenhouse gas and zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) rules is drawing attention as a possible model for other states because dealers have often been fierce opponents of such initiatives.

Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND) is citing the recent announcement of a massive carbon capture, use and storage (CCUS) project in his home state to argue for expanding tax credits for the low-carbon technology that could be included in upcoming infrastructure legislation.

On the heels of a bitter cold snap that caused widespread blackouts in Texas, federal energy regulators say they will launch a new proceeding to study the power reliability threats caused by climate change and various extreme weather events, the regulators’ second effort to assess climate-related issues since a recent change in leadership.

An attorney for the 21 youth plaintiffs suing the government for failing to protect them from climate change harms says the Biden administration faces a tricky position it if intends to oppose their planned Supreme Court request seeking to preserve their suit, arguing it would be inconsistent with some of the president’s highest priorities.

Key California lawmakers appear poised to largely maintain rules for the state’s greenhouse gas cap-and-trade program in 2021, despite calls by environmental justice (EJ) groups and others for higher credit prices and fewer free allocations to industry sectors to help the state reach its 2030 and longer-term emissions targets.