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December 15, 2016

“The incoming administration and Congress now have the opportunity to withdraw this unlawful rule and prevent adoption of a similar rule in the future,” says a letter from the state officials.

December 14, 2016

“I would have preferred that at the end of administration there would have been additional action on climate,” says EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy.

December 13, 2016

Nearly a dozen carbon capture and sequestration experts are hoping to provide technical heft to EPA as it prepares to defend its greenhouse gas rule for new coal-fired power plants.

A new Obama executive order on climate resilience could face repeal by the incoming Trump administration.

DOE's rejection of the transition team's request will likely provide some relief to personnel at EPA and other agencies who fear they too may be targets.

December 12, 2016

Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) warns that punishing DOE staff who worked on climate policies “would violate U.S. law.”

December 8, 2016

A free-market group is suggesting that its general counsel, David Schnare, a critic of many EPA rules, should be picked for the No. 2 job at a the agency.

December 7, 2016

Pruitt's selection as the next EPA administrator brings cheers from Republicans and jeers from Democrats.

EPA and other agencies have burdened the industry with a “one size fits all” approach to regulation that “punishes small businesses, stifles competition, and overregulates an industry deregulated by design,” the truckers say.

December 6, 2016

The new personnel include a sharp critic of climate change regulations and an economist who has argued that federal fuel economy rules are to blame for vehicle price increases.

December 5, 2016

“I don’t know how you are then going to expect China to cooperate on . . . climate change. You are going to ask Taiwan for that?” says one observer after Trump's protocol-busting phone call with Taiwan's president.

December 2, 2016

Trump's nominee to lead DOD is said to have a keen grasp of the major risks that climate change poses to national security, contrasting with the president-elect's stances.

The organizations are at odds on the merits of the RFS but united on the 'obligation' issue.

December 1, 2016

EPA's proposed determination to retain the GHG tailpipe standards for 2022-25 vehicles could bolster CARB's justification for tightening the ZEV regulation too.

The summit will feature presentations from top Trump advisers who believe policymakers need to increase production of fossil fuels while rolling back climate policies.

November 30, 2016

EPA proposes to retain its current vehicle GHG standards out through 2025.

November 29, 2016

The final rule, which EPA quietly released just days after the election, strengthens greenhouse gas reporting requirements for the oil and gas industry.

“Dismissing climate change might have earned the President-elect applause at campaign rallies, but to persist with this narrative will make the United States not only the laughing stock of the world but will hurt with millennials,” says one advocate.

November 28, 2016

The Heartland Institute is urging the incoming Trump administration to create a climate council that would cut “through the politics and bias” that has “infected” climate science and policymaking.

November 18, 2016

The rule will provide another venue to test whether the Clean Air Act allows EPA to regulate refrigerants based on their global warming impacts.

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