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July 28, 2021

The Department of Energy (DOE) has announced $60 million for research on cutting carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from passenger vehicles and trucks, part of a broader strategy for decarbonizing the transportation sector and achieving the Biden administration’s goal of a net-zero-emissions economy

A federal district judge has granted a request by the Biden administration and plaintiffs to hold in abeyance a case over the Department of the Interior’s (DOI) coal lease program for six months, while the administration decides next steps -- a decision that is expected soon, according to Interior Secretary Deb Haaland.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said combined provisions of upcoming bipartisan and reconciliation infrastructure proposals will achieve the Biden administration’s goal of cutting greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030, while emphasizing the establishment of a Civilian Climate Corps.

July 27, 2021

Environmentalists are pushing a baseline funding level for electric vehicles (EVs) in an upcoming Democratic infrastructure package in response to reports that lawmakers in separate bipartisan infrastructure talks have been looking to divert a far smaller EV funding plan to other vehicle types.

Consumer Reports’ regulatory advocacy arm is joining a growing list of environmental and clean energy groups arguing against the Biden administration using California’s 2019-20 deal with five automakers on light-duty vehicle greenhouse gas standards as a model for its forthcoming national standards proposal for model years 2023-26.

July 26, 2021

The liberal Center for American Progress is touting several elements of a House-passed transportation bill as crucial for curbing greenhouse gas emissions from highways, while noting the provisions offer an important starting point for broader land-use policy decisions.

The United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will meet this week to develop its sixth and perhaps most comprehensive report on the latest science regarding climate change, as economic leaders of the G-20 concluded a gathering last week and issued a “communique” signaling doubts about phasing out the use of coal.

July 23, 2021

Democrats push tougher GHG cuts while controversial NEPA reforms on track for stalled infrastructure bill; environmentalists ramp up CCS opposition; vehicle standards at OMB; EPA rejects accelerated HFC phaseout.

Tracy Stone-Manning, who led Montana’s Department of Environmental Quality, has been nominated to run the Bureau of Land Management, which is conducting a climate and economic review of federal oil and gas drilling.

July 22, 2021

If political pressures result in the government’s failure to address climate change, Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) says this would be seen as “an extraordinary lapse in America’s judgment.”

States will have until 2023 to consider revisions to their commercial and residential building codes, after the Energy Department found new model codes would reduce carbon emissions compared to prior versions.

July 21, 2021

“Without a carbon tax I don’t know the advantage of the tariffs,” says Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), a former chairman of the Senate Finance Committee.

“When you're talking about money -- when you're talking about who pays and how much -- that's always a difficult issue," said Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Chairman Richard Glick.

July 20, 2021

Federal energy regulators are floating a preliminary rule to speed up the process for approving interstate power lines that would integrate high levels of non-emitting wind and solar onto the grid.

The Portfolio Manager tool helps commercial building owners measure energy use in their facilities, as well as several other environmental metrics.

Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has scheduled a July 21 preliminary vote on the measure, even as lawmakers are still negotiating over the legislative text, including key financing provisions.

July 19, 2021

A coalition of states led by California is petitioning EPA to move forward with rules to curb emissions hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), a potent greenhouse gas that also depletes the stratospheric ozone layer, modeled after the states’ own rules, adding weight to earlier petitions seeking similar regulations.

Multiple provisions in House Democrats’ surface transportation bill seek to prod states to prioritize road maintenance and alternatives like transit over expanding highways, in part to cut driving-related carbon emissions.

July 16, 2021

EPA eyes tougher truck GHG rules, Democrats detail climate priorities for reconciliation, Senate panel clears energy provisions for infrastructure bill, and California seeks tough vehicle GHG rules.

Senior Republican senators on the energy and environment committees have introduced a bipartisan bill to promote new advanced nuclear power, including provisions for EPA to create a carbon credit certification program, amid a flurry of legislative proposals for inclusion in an upcoming infrastructure package.

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