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November 1, 2021

The world’s third-largest emitter pledged to boost its share of zero-carbon energy capacity by 2030 and to reach net-zero emissions by 2070, with one environmentalist calling the pledges a “pleasant surprise.”

President Joe Biden used his Nov. 1 address at the international climate talks to reinforce his push for more ambitious climate policies ahead of 2030 and to tout.

October 29, 2021

Top oil company executives touted their high-level support for EPA methane standards, during a high-profile House hearing in which Democrats charged the firms have misled the public on climate risks for decades.

October 28, 2021

One environmental group says updated climate targets from China, the world’s largest carbon emitter, show only “modest improvement” and that the country must make more ambitious near-term pledges.

The Senate environment panel’s top Republican is criticizing the Biden administration’s failure to nominate a permanent EPA air chief as part of her broader criticism over officials’ lack of transparency on climate policy.

October 27, 2021

GOP senators from biofuels-producing states say Biden officials should promote biofuels as a climate change solution at next month’s international climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland.

October 26, 2021

Environmentalists say new climate pledges from Australia and Saudi Arabia offer few details on near-term steps to cut carbon emissions, as the United Nations steps up warnings on global emissions projections.

October 25, 2021

California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) will lead a delegation of multiple top advisers and cabinet members, as well as over a dozen state lawmakers, to the international climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland, beginning next week.

October 22, 2021

President Joe Biden is confirming that Hill lawmakers are hoping to redirect $150 billion that had been earmarked for a clean electricity program in their emerging budget deal toward other climate measures.

October 21, 2021

The group Beyond Plastics is arguing that dozens of planned manufacturing facilities could soon make the plastics sector “the new coal” in terms of greenhouse gas emissions.

A group of major companies, labor unions and environmentalists seeks “multiple pathways for low- and zero-carbon hydrogen production” in Congress’ infrastructure and budget reconciliation bills.

October 20, 2021

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) reportedly will head the congressional delegation to next month’s international climate talks, along with President Joe Biden and multiple Cabinet secretaries.

Senate Democrats are floating nine fiscal year 2022 appropriations bills ahead of a December government funding deadline, arguing they “made climate change front and center when drafting these bills.”

October 19, 2021

The court in an August ruling said federal energy regulators must weigh use of the social cost of carbon tool to analyze the climate effects of specific natural gas projects.

Steve Cliff, a former long-time California air regulator with extensive experience with vehicle emissions standards, has been serving as acting administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

A massive methane leak this summer at a Russian pipeline is underscoring the role that satellites could play in curbing emissions, even as the findings may complicate next month’s international climate summit in Scotland.

October 18, 2021

But other comments from officials in Ohio and Tennessee are urging the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to take a more cautious approach on overhauling transmission rules.

October 14, 2021

A preliminary rulemaking floated by the General Services Administration and other agencies that handle procurement is suggesting that officials may give preference to suppliers with lower carbon emissions.

October 13, 2021

The agency, which manages the National Flood Insurance Program, is weighing an update to floodplain management standards that would incorporate climate-related risks.

October 12, 2021

An agency within the Department of Health & Human Services is seeking input on how it can address climate-related threats to public health, along with the health care sector’s contribution to climate change.


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