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July 1, 2021

A lobbyist for the oil giant said that a carbon tax is a “non-starter,” the company sought to undermine climate provisions in infrastructure legislation, and it joined “shadow groups” to undercut climate science.

June 30, 2021

The Congressional Review Act resolution reinstates the Obama EPA’s oil and gas methane standards, likely bolstering the agency’s plan to issue tough standards for new and existing equipment.

The plan broadens the Energy Department’s effort to roll back major elements of the Trump administration’s “process rule” that critics say created hurdles to strengthening energy efficiency standards.

Top Biden administration officials are renewing their push for Democrats to include a clean electricity standard and tax incentives for key low-carbon technologies in a budget “reconciliation” bill.

June 29, 2021

The congressionally mandated report will assess options to accelerate permitting for infrastructure needed for carbon capture, use and storage (CCUS) projects.

Environmentalists had challenged federal regulators’ review of the greenhouse gases tied to the PennEast pipeline, though that case was paused while the Supreme Court reviewed the eminent domain case.

Progressive lawmakers are pressing for much more robust climate mitigation measures in forthcoming economic policy legislation, even as the White House touts the climate aspects of a separate infrastructure bill.

June 28, 2021

Environmentalists are shifting their focus to a Democrats-only economic policy bill, after a bipartisan infrastructure deal reached last week offered what they argue is an insufficient level of climate mitigation policy.

June 25, 2021

Groups are pressing White House officials on the social cost of carbon, President Biden is touting a climate “down payment” in a bipartisan infrastructure deal, a top financial regulator details climate disclosures, and more.

The White House Office of Management & Budget received EPA’s draft proposed rule to tighten vehicle greenhouse gas standards through model year 2026 on June 24.

June 24, 2021

Democrats are touting their efforts to craft a partisan infrastructure bill with significant clean energy provisions even as the White House and a bipartisan group of senators near a deal on a less-ambitious plan.

June 23, 2021

Caucus organizer Rep. John Curtis (R-UT) says he hopes the group can help the GOP create an affirmative position on climate policies.

June 22, 2021

New details on the emerging bipartisan Senate infrastructure plan show lawmakers plan to seek spending on some climate-related programs while also adding provisions from Sen. Joe Manchin’s (D-WV) draft energy bill.

June 21, 2021

"If it is regressive taxation -- you know, raising the gas tax or a fee on electric vehicles, or the privatization of infrastructure, no I wouldn’t support it,” the Senate Budget Committee Chairman says.

June 18, 2021

Our top stories from this week include the Biden administration’s sprawling regulatory agenda, EPA’s plan to speed up vehicle rules, FERC’s latest steps on climate, and more.

June 17, 2021

“These consumer penalties are being pushed by oil refiners to deter EV adoption and to further lock us into a fossil fuel-based transportation system,” says a group representing the zero-emission vehicle sector.

Twenty-one senators are now backing a bipartisan infrastructure proposal that includes some funds for electric vehicles, power grid upgrades and climate resilience though many Democrats are pushing for more.

June 16, 2021

A federal judge concluded that Biden administration officials did not offer a “rational explanation” in canceling oil and gas lease sales amid a climate and economic review of the federal drilling program.

June 15, 2021

The bill comes as regulators with the Securities & Exchange Commission are expected to impose climate risk disclosure requirements using existing authority.

William Nordhaus, the Yale economics professor and Nobel laureate, makes the case for a price on carbon even as White House officials resist such an approach.

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