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November 18, 2021

Environmental and business groups are broadly praising final carbon market rules inked at last week’s Glasgow climate summit that are aimed at ensuring integrity of such markets, even as some are pledging further scrutiny of countries that rely on language allowing years-old credits to be used toward current emissions goals.

EPA must decide whether to propose a rule to limit greenhouse gases from existing power plants during the Supreme Court’s review of its overarching authority under section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act -- with the justices expected to significantly constrain such authority -- or wait to issue a proposal in line with any new limits.

November 17, 2021

Capitol Hill Democrats are projecting a unified front on the importance of advancing over $500 billion in climate-related investments as part of the party’s emerging budget “reconciliation” legislation, arguing it would achieve important greenhouse gas emission cuts and provide critical global leadership after the Glasgow summit.

Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) is floating a series of disaster management reforms aimed at adapting to climate change following heat waves, wildfires and other disasters in his state and across the West Coast, measures that Congress could debate as soon as next month when a short-term extension to the federal flood insurance program expires.

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has officially designated the Morro Bay Wind Energy Area (WEA) off California’s central coast for offshore wind power development, triggering a 60-day public comment period and signaling the development of an environmental assessment (EA) of the project area.

The Senate is facing a key test of its support for climate policies after the White House Nov. 16 submitted for approval the so-called Kigali Amendment, which would allow President Joe Biden to ratify the treaty and formalize U.S. participation in the international phasedown of climate-warming hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).

November 16, 2021

Democrats on the Senate energy committee are considering options for limiting natural gas and other fossil-fuel exports to counter soaring domestic energy prices, even as Republicans blame the Biden administration’s climate agenda on tight U.S. energy supplies and increasing prices.

EPA has decided to retain Trump-era greenhouse gas standards for aircraft and push for stronger limits in international negotiations -- a move that is angering environmentalist and state litigants who will now press a lawsuit on the issue.

A research group largely funded by major utilities is arguing the U.S. can only reach President Joe Biden’s economy-wide greenhouse gas climate goals with “significant efforts” across multiple sectors, including policy that spurs rapid deployment of “end-use” electrification technologies, especially in the transportation sector.

November 15, 2021

The Biden administration’s agreement with the European Union (EU) to set aside Trump-era tariffs on steel and aluminum imports in favor of limiting carbon intensity, as way of addressing excess capacity, could lead to a “Carbon Club” that would eventually include Japan, and even China, according to an EU official.

Lawmakers, environmentalists, and others are urging congressional Democrats to enact their long-pending climate legislation to help translate the just-concluded Glasgow climate deal into concrete carbon emissions cuts domestically and abroad, and to bolster pressure on China and others to make and fulfill stronger climate pledges.

Industry groups are bracing for new federal procurement rules that take the “social cost of carbon” into account in agency purchasing and other decisions and are grappling with questions like which contracts might be affected and how best to comply with the new rule to avoid potential liability under the False Claims Act.

November 14, 2021

Biden administration officials, environmentalists and others say the final Glasgow agreement is a starting point that formally keeps alive efforts to limit dangerous climate change but depends almost entirely on future implementation and still unrealized concrete emissions reduction actions by individual nations.

November 12, 2021

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit is backing trailer industry arguments that their products are not “motor vehicles” subject to regulation under the Clean Air Act and is vacating rules by both EPA and the Transportation Department (DOT) to limit their greenhouse gas emissions and improve fuel economy.

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) is opposing a proposed boost in the electric vehicle (EV) tax credit for union-built vehicles in pending budget “reconciliation” legislation, highlighting Democratic divisions over the issue as well as resistance to the idea by non-union Toyota.

Glasgow climate negotiators appear unlikely to meet a Nov. 12 deadline for securing a deal, but experts are optimistic about an agreement after a new draft “decision” increased focus on topics important to developing countries while also easing earlier calls to phase out coal use and fossil fuel subsidies and revisit emissions targets.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) will likely split up its preliminary rulemaking to ease grid transmission projects to focus on the most immediate concerns, with the renewable energy industry arguing that a reallocation of funding responsibilities should be a priority for the upcoming rules.

November 11, 2021

The White House has begun inter-agency review of EPA’s draft final update to near-term vehicle greenhouse gas standards, amid indications from top agency officials and others that it could be “much” stronger in at least some respects than the initial proposal, including a possible tighter model year 2026 standard.

Key negotiators are now saying that the success of the ongoing Glasgow climate conference should be judged on whether countries agree to come back with tougher greenhouse gas targets over the next year to “keep alive” the Paris Agreement’s temperature goals, amid widespread findings that goals submitted this year have fallen short.

A top EPA official is touting the agency’s planned 2022 supplemental proposal on oil and gas methane as opening the door to a novel plan for community monitoring that could trigger remedial actions at facilities as well as tighter controls on flaring and other emissions sources after a recent proposal declined to address the issue.

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