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November 11, 2021

Ken Alex, a University of California-Berkeley climate expert and former senior policy advisor to former California Gov. Jerry Brown (D), says it is critical that any agreements between countries at the COP26 climate change conference include robust new requirements for accurate and transparent greenhouse gas emissions reporting.

A restaurant industry group is charging that a federal judge essentially “rewrote” the Energy Policy & Conservation Act (EPCA) to find that it does not preempt the California city of Berkeley’s precedent-setting ordinance banning natural gas hookups at new residential and commercial developments.

November 10, 2021

The Biden administration has declined to join pledges by several countries, companies and subnational governments backing specific deadlines for phasing out internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles in favor of electrified cars and trucks, even as officials tout nearer-term electrification and company goals for doing so.

The United States and China in a surprise joint statement at the Glasgow climate summit are pledging to deepen their “cooperation” on climate mitigation policies in the coming months and years, creating a working group and taking other steps that the two sides hope will enable more ambitious greenhouse gas reduction targets in the future.

The Biden administration Nov. 10 unveiled a “climate aviation action plan” that relies overwhelmingly on expansion of biofuels use to achieve a “net zero” greenhouse gas emissions goal by 2050, a move likely to be greeted with skepticism by environmentalists who question biofuels’ sustainability.

Draft “decisions” from the ongoing Glasgow climate summit that would, for the first time, press countries to speed a phaseout of coal use and fossil fuel subsidies, while also pressing them to offer stronger greenhouse gas targets by the end of next year are winning initial praise from environmentalists.

The organizers of the ongoing international climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland, have released new draft “decisions” from the conference, including first-time language urging countries to phase out coal and fossil fuel subsidies, and to strengthen their greenhouse gas targets by the end of next year.

November 9, 2021

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), a key federal banking regulator, is urging banks’ directors to question executives on how their institutions are assessing and addressing any climate-related financial risks as the office is poised to become the first U.S financial regulator to issue supervisory guidance on climate change’s financial risks.

The Department of Energy’s (DOE) new goal to remove gigatons of carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere and store it for less than $100/ton of net CO2-equivalent by 2030 marks just the latest sign of how Congress and the Biden administration are overhauling DOE to focus on climate change, supporters say.

EPA is touting plans to work with key international trading partners, as well as industry and environmental groups, to combat illegal trafficking of climate-warming hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) as the agency ramps up implementation of its new program to sharply phase down the chemicals.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) and other Democratic governors are highlighting the unique abilities of state and local governments to take significant albeit limited steps to address climate change even as the Biden administration is facing doubts about its ability to meet its Glasgow GHG commitments in the face of legal and political uncertainties.

November 8, 2021

Even as Democrats continue to negotiate party-line spending legislation with major climate-related investments, a bipartisan Senate delegation at the Glasgow climate talks is heaping praise on a December 2020 energy policy law by arguing it is a key step to enduring federal climate policy.

Climate advocates, Biden officials and some Hill lawmakers say last week’s passage of a landmark infrastructure bill is no substitute for the climate investments in Democrats’ pending budget “reconciliation” bill, citing analysis showing the latter as crucial to achieving steep near-term greenhouse gas reductions.

As the Glasgow climate summit begins its final week, a recently released initial draft of the conference’s formal “decision” suggests negotiators have a long way to go on a range of issues if they are able to reach a final agreement by the end of the meeting.

Former President Barack Obama, attending his first international climate summit in Glasgow since he helped forge the Paris Agreement in 2015, touted “hard-won commitments” at this year’s event but acknowledged such progress is “partial” and that many countries must raise their ambition to reduce climate-warming emissions.

November 6, 2021

President Joe Biden says the climate provisions of the recently approved $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill (BIF) will mark a “big step” in funding his climate programs and addressing the “climate crisis” but he is urging Democrats to quickly approve stalled reconciliation legislation that will provide even more robust provisions.

November 5, 2021

U.S. officials and other negotiators at the Glasgow climate talks have zeroed in on several flashpoints ahead of the scheduled Nov. 12 close of the summit, including rules governing international carbon trading, a push for countries to strengthen their near-term greenhouse gas targets and the linked issue of financial aid for poorer countries’ climate efforts.

New analysis of carbon border adjustment (CBA) proposals in the United States and European Union show such policies are generally ineffective at reducing global carbon emissions because of the potential for emissions “leakage” while protecting energy-intensive trade-vulnerable producers, such as iron, steel and chemical.

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is laying out detailed arguments for why California air officials should significantly tighten their proposed light-duty zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) sales mandate regulation for 2026-35 model years, including that the current plan will fail to enable achievement of President Joe Biden’s 2030 national goal.

November 4, 2021

The highest-ranking Republicans on nine Senate committees are pressing Biden administration officials to detail long-awaited recommendations from an inter-agency working group (IWG) on how the federal agencies should use of the social cost of carbon (SCC) metric, alleging an “opaque decision-making process on the issue.”

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