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September 24, 2021

A new bill would encourage carbon storage through expanded use of wood products, preventing wildfires and the revegetation of abandoned mining and lands and other areas damaged from fires and flooding.

September 23, 2021

Western state Democrats are arguing climate measures “cannot be on the chopping block” of budget reconciliation legislation, while a top Senate Republican is urging House passage of a bipartisan infrastructure bill.

September 22, 2021

“We fully expect Congress will act within the next couple of weeks, and we’ll have a lot to say there,” said White House domestic climate chief Gina McCarthy, referring to Democrats’ climate-heavy budget package.

The environmentalists are pressing EPA to set stronger greenhouse gas performance standards for aircraft, which they claim is achievable without biofuels.

September 21, 2021

Senate energy committee Chairman Joe Manchin (D-WV) is pushing the Interior Department to release a long-awaited report on federal oil and gas drilling, even as he is defending the department’s climate review.

September 20, 2021

Several major environmental groups are pressing the Biden administration to commit to providing at least $12 billion annually in climate financial assistance by 2024.

September 17, 2021

“We need to act with urgency, we need to act boldly,” argued Sen. Alex Padilla (D-CA), citing a raft of extreme weather events this summer with links to climate change.

The proposed rule seeks to eliminate releases of climate-warming hydrofluorocarbons (HFC) created as a “byproduct” of producing other chemicals.

September 16, 2021

White House officials began interagency review Sept. 15 of EPA’s first-time methane requirements for existing sources in the oil and gas sector.

President Joe Biden will use a Sept. 17 virtual meeting of the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate to press for more ambitious climate change goals, ahead of this November’s international climate talks.

September 15, 2021

One environmental group leader said California’s climate and environmental policies are “safe for the time being,” even though the failed effort to recall Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) “has been a distraction.”

The Biden administration and other developed countries are floating a plan to limit financial support for overseas coal plants only to projects with carbon capture technology.

September 14, 2021

The Congressional Budget Office says carbon pricing programs would hit lower-income households twice as hard as higher earners, though lawmakers could structure such policies to mute the effect on those with lower incomes.

The court battle over approval of the Spire STL pipeline is a high-profile example of environmentalists’ latest attempts to curb the build-out of new gas infrastructure due to climate concerns.

Biofuels groups say that draft legislation under consideration in Democrats’ budget reconciliation package would thwart the president’s drive for sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).

September 13, 2021

The Senate energy committee chairman is voicing concerns about a proposed $150 billion program to encourage utilities to deploy clean electricity.

September 10, 2021

The House Natural Resources Committee approved its roughly $30 billion portion of Democrats’ budget “reconciliation” package, after a marathon markup stretching over two days.

September 9, 2021

“Charging big oil and gas companies for methane emissions is one of the most straightforward ways to quickly reduce the emissions driving the climate crisis,” argues Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI).

September 8, 2021

The International Chamber of Shipping is urging the United Nations’ agency overseeing the sector to impose a carbon pricing program, in order to counter regional efforts such as a separate European pricing plan.

September 7, 2021

The White House is outlining a list of issues it would like included in a stop-gap spending bill to prevent a shutdown after fiscal year 2021 funding expires Sept. 30.

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