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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.

A global target to cut methane emissions by 30 percent by 2030, spearheaded by the United States and European Union, now includes the 20 top methane-emitting countries.

October 8, 2021

The Democratic-aligned think tank Center for American Progress says no appellate judge has experience at an environmental nonprofit or at EPA.

October 6, 2021

EPA’s first-time allocation of HFC allowances under a 15-year program to sharply phase down the climate-warming chemicals covers only 2022, and the agency will have to allocate its allowances for future years separately.

October 4, 2021

An agreement between North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper (D) and legislative Republicans would codify the governor’s power sector greenhouse gas targets, while easing the process for a major utility to increase rates.

Republican-led states and coal producers are pressing the Supreme Court to overturn an appellate court’s vacatur of the Trump EPA’s narrow Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) power plant greenhouse gas rule.

October 1, 2021

Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) updated flood insurance rates, which take effect starting Oct. 1, account for climate change and could increase premiums for many policyholders.

Tracy Stone-Manning, Montana’s former environment chief and a former advisor to top Democrats in the state, will serve as the first Senate-confirmed Bureau of Land Management director in five years.

September 29, 2021

The Interior Department is issuing a final rule rolling back a Trump-era policy that sought to ease royalty rates for fossil fuel production on public lands.

Several environmental and other groups are renewing a push for Hill Democrats to update various oil and gas leasing rates in their emerging budget “reconciliation” legislation.

September 28, 2021

The group representing renewable energy companies says creation of an organized power market in the Southeast would lead to major cost savings and reduced carbon emissions.

Saule Omarova, a Cornell law professor and former Treasury official, has backed calls to address climate change using financial rules.

September 27, 2021

Environmentalists say the cancelation of the pipeline through Pennsylvania and New Jersey will limit its adverse climate impacts.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s decision to delay a vote on the bipartisan infrastructure bill gives Democrats more time to resolve differences on climate provisions in any reconciliation package.

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