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Senate and House Democrats are negotiating a “technical fix” to carbon capture and storage (CCS) tax credits contained in stalled budget “reconciliation” legislation to make it easier for power plants and industrial facilities to receive the incentives, another sign that lawmakers are trying to salvage climate elements of the budget bill.

Former Defense Department (DOD) officials and retired military leaders are urging the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to adopt sweeping policies to deploy new transmission lines and create a nationwide “supergrid” in response to climate-related extreme weather, arguing the move is a national security imperative.

Democratic and Republican lawmakers are butting heads over whether scaling back U.S. oil and gas production is an effective way to curb global carbon emissions, with Republicans asserting the approach would merely shift production to dirtier foreign sources while Democrats counter it would in fact result in a necessary overall emissions cut.

Industry groups are pressing federal agencies to postpone any effort to prioritize procurement bids based on their carbon emissions footprint, urging officials to first to develop a consensus across the government on how widely to employ the social cost of carbon (SCC) climate damages tool.

The White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) is urging a federal appellate court to reject environmentalists’ efforts to continue their litigation over the Trump administration’s rule that dramatically scaled back how agencies implement the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), including regarding climate analysis.

President Joe Biden and Hill Democrats are publicly prioritizing climate change provisions amid growing talk of “breaking up” their pending budget “reconciliation” package, appearing to confirm prior speculation that those provisions are not the primary obstacle to passing the broader legislation.

A top EPA official is suggesting that the agency’s forthcoming rulemaking setting long-term greenhouse gas standards for light-duty vehicles presents an opportunity to “reimagine” the structure of the agency’s program, floating several key questions the agency is weighing as well as potentially novel policy options.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s (D) administration says its fiscal year 2022-23 budget plan with $22.5 billion over five years for a variety of climate change programs will spark a “climate solutions revolution,” allow the state to become the lithium “battery capital of the world,” and create an equitable “global model” others can follow.

EPA in a high-profile Supreme Court case is arguing that Republican states and coal producers lack standing to bring their suit over the scope of agency’s greenhouse gas regulatory authority because they are not facing any immediate injury, while also asserting that the Trump administration took an “erroneous” view of the Clean Air Act.

Clean Air Act experts and Supreme Court watchers say the high court’s decision last week overturning the Biden administration’s vaccine mandate for non-healthcare workers is a strong signal that the justices will constrain EPA’s greenhouse gas regulatory authority under the air law ahead of highly anticipated oral arguments next month.

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