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September 7, 2021

The case concerns a June court ruling vacating a federal approval of a natural gas pipeline near St. Louis, with the case representing an expansion of environmentalists’ pipeline opposition strategy.

Top climate headlines include a look at the raft of extreme weather this summer, the outlook for the electric vehicle charging market, and environmentalists’ push to delay November’s international climate meeting.

September 3, 2021

Several automaker trade groups say expanded electric vehicle tax credits “should fully apply to the broadest range of vehicles and be available to the broadest range of consumers.”

The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) is pressing EPA to retain a series of compliance provisions in its proposal to sharply phase down climate-warming hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs.)

September 2, 2021

Brad Crabtree, who has long worked on carbon capture and storage and power sector climate policy, has been nominated to serve as the Energy Department’s assistant secretary for fossil energy and carbon management.

Climate efforts between China and the United States “cannot possibly be divorced” from various other rifts between the two countries, argued China’s foreign minister, Wang Yi.

September 1, 2021

Companies and their trade associations from multiple sectors are beginning a major push to persuade Democrats to narrow the scope of their emerging $3.5 trillion climate-heavy budget reconciliation package.

August 31, 2021

More than 50 House Democrats are urging their leaders to repeal various fossil fuel “subsidies” in the party’s emerging budget “reconciliation” legislation, arguing that would enhance “climate justice.”

August 30, 2021

The Office of Climate Change and Health Equity would explore ways to address climate risks among vulnerable groups, while also potentially prodding the health care sector to cut carbon emissions.

August 27, 2021

Democrats’ forthcoming incentive program for clean electricity “needs to have a realistic and reasonable, achievable timeline,” says a representative of rural electric co-ops.

August 26, 2021

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said the emerging budget reconciliation bill will expand on the “very minor” climate aspects of a Senate-passed bipartisan infrastructure deal.

August 25, 2021

Regional grid operators are urging the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to extend the comment period for its advance notice of proposed rulemaking on transmission policy from Oct. 12 to Dec. 1.

August 24, 2021

“What the Republicans need to do is just remind everybody there has to be cheaper ways to do this,” said GOP lobbyist Mike McKenna, regarding Democrats’ methane control strategy.

August 23, 2021

The White House is reportedly “withholding” its support for a carbon border fee proposed by Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) while administration officials try to coordinate efforts with trade allies like the European Union.

August 20, 2021

The Interior Department’s just-launched climate review of the federal coal program comes as the coal sector is experiencing a rebound amid higher natural gas prices.

August 19, 2021

Re-imposing a penalty increase for violating fuel economy limits on MY19 vehicles could result in a significant increase over prior rates, though much of the burden will likely fall on a single company, officials say.

August 18, 2021

Forthcoming analysis finds that solar power could provide 40 percent of the country’s electricity by 2035, an increase from the current 3 percent, under a major decarbonization push.

August 17, 2021

New guidance from the Treasury Department is urging development banks to block financing for international coal and oil projects, while providing “narrow support” for gas projects.

August 16, 2021

EPA is announcing a series of updates to its Energy Star program that it says will help further reduce data center energy use and associated carbon emissions.

Capitol Hill Democrats appear to be focused on setting targets for low-carbon electricity and not energy efficiency as they develop their $3.5 trillion budget “reconciliation” bill with major climate policies.

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