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January 4, 2022

Investment fund managers are supporting a Department of Labor (DOL) proposal that would allow them to consider climate-related risks when managing retirement and other funds, though they are pressing officials to underscore that they are not required to consider or prioritize such risks.

January 3, 2022

Department of Energy (DOE) officials are developing a national strategy to promote widespread use of “clean” hydrogen to decarbonize major portions of the economy, which will include a first-time operational standard for reducing the carbon intensity of producing the fuel.

If Washington state lawmakers prevail in their new lawsuit against Gov. Jay Inslee’s (D) veto of specific lines of a landmark low-carbon fuel standard (LCFS) law he enacted in May, as many experts believe they will, implementation of the clean fuel program likely would be delayed.

December 30, 2021

The research arm of state utility regulators is urging the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to take a “transformative” role in setting standards and requirements to ensure a robust market for carbon offsets amid expectations the commission will bolster greenhouse gas mitigation requirements for natural gas infrastructure.

The Environmental Integrity Project (EIP) has persuaded several states to cancel what it calls “zombie” construction permits for four large new greenhouse gas-emitting petrochemical projects, part of the group’s ongoing push to force the loss of a permit when holders fail to “commence construction” within Clean Air Act timeframes.

December 29, 2021

The Department of Energy (DOE) is soliciting input on whether to accept environmentalists’ petition for a rule to revisit the fuel economy “equivalent” of electric vehicles (EV), with the groups arguing the decades-old formula used to measure compliance with fuel economy standards overstates EV benefits.

December 28, 2021

Agencies’ ongoing development of a preliminary rulemaking to prioritize federal contractors and bids with lower greenhouse gas emissions could offer a window into how the Biden administration hopes to implement a broad new executive order (EO) seeking to leverage the government’s purchasing power to tackle climate change.

December 27, 2021

House lawmakers are staking out sharply contrasting views about EPA’s proposal to strengthen oil and gas methane rules, with 30 Republicans deriding it as an “attack on American energy” while 16 Democrats call the plan “much needed progress” and seek changes to strengthen it.

December 23, 2021

Lawmakers in the California state Senate and Assembly are highlighting spending on climate change, other environmental priorities and equity in brief fiscal year 2022-23 outlines that preview more detailed proposals the chambers will make in the coming months, after Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) unveils a formal budget plan in early January.

The Department of Energy (DOE) is finalizing a rule rolling back a Trump-era restriction on stricter efficiency standards for gas furnaces and water heaters, which are major categories of buildings’ energy use, opening the door for the Biden administration to issue tougher standards.

December 22, 2021

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is revoking its Trump-era rule that declared California’s and other states’ vehicle climate programs preempted by federal fuel economy law, with NHTSA arguing the rule exceeded its authority and stating it is now officially silent on the scope of preemption under the statute.

EPA is urging federal energy regulators to pause approval of several pending gas infrastructure projects until they finish a broader update to their policies for issuing such approvals, arguing they should include a series of more stringent greenhouse gas analysis and mitigation requirements.

EPA’s adoption of updated greenhouse gas limits for model year 2023-2026 passenger vehicles is raising uncertainty about what standards various manufacturers will have to meet in California, including how the state will enforce alternative standards contained in 2020 voluntary agreements with five companies, sources say.

December 21, 2021

The union representing coal miners is urging Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) to “revisit his opposition” to Democrats’ sweeping climate and social policy legislation, citing several provisions it supports including a revived program to support advanced manufacturing in economically distressed areas.

New Jersey has become the first East Coast state to adopt California’s rule requiring truck manufacturers to sell an increasing number of electric models, joining Oregon and Washington this year in agreeing to set varying required electrification percentages for trucks ranging in size from delivery vans to tractor trailers.

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) is urging Congress to boost oversight of the Department of Energy’s (DOE) carbon capture and storage (CCS) demonstration projects, finding officials “bypassed cost controls” and engaged in a “high-risk” project selection process during its implementation of prior funding to advance the technology.

December 20, 2021

EPA has finalized near-term light-duty vehicle greenhouse gas standards more stringent than originally proposed, with changes including higher projections of electric vehicle (EV) deployment that will aid compliance, and narrower compliance flexibility mechanisms in response to critiques from environmentalists and others.

Sen. Joe Manchin’s (D-WV) vow that he cannot support Democrats’ climate-heavy budget legislation as currently constructed is casting significant doubt on whether the Biden administration can meet its pledge to halve economy-wide greenhouse gas emissions by the end of this decade.

More than 90 Republican lawmakers, including top House and Senate leaders, are backing a lawsuit challenging the scope of EPA’s greenhouse gas authority under the Clean Air Act, echoing petitioners’ arguments that Congress did not give the agency broad power to “transform an entire sector of our economy.”

EPA is finalizing an update to greenhouse gas standards for model year 2023-2026 light-duty vehicles, imposing requirements on automakers that will achieve “significant” emissions reductions including tighter standards than it initially proposed for later years covered by the rule.

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