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Tracking the latest agency and congressional debates over rules to cut emissions of traditional pollutants, and a broad range of novel EPA policies including the agency's shift to a "multipollutant" regulatory approach for individual sectors.

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Tracking the latest agency and congressional debates over rules to cut emissions of traditional pollutants, and a broad range of novel EPA policies including the agency's shift to a "multipollutant" regulatory approach for individual sectors.


Ratings firm Moody’s boosts climate risk analysis

Credit ratings agency Moody’s Corp. has purchased a majority stake in a company that provides data and analysis on the physical risks of climate change to corporations and their facilities, an indication of the increasing expectation that companies must voluntarily address climate risks. Moody’s July 24 announcement that it had acquired a controlling share of California-based data provider Four Twenty Seven comes as the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) is pursuing a new effort to assess how climate change could...

Senate Highway Bill To Include Funds For GHG Cuts, Permit Streamlining

A bipartisan highway funding bill to be introduced in the Senate Environment & Public Works (EPW) Committee on July 29 will include new funding for discretionary projects that reduce highway greenhouse gas emissions, one of several measures in the bill to lower emissions in the transport sector, which is now the country’s largest share of GHGs. While the emissions-related provisions are a priority for Democrats, the bill also includes measures aimed at streamlining project permitting, aimed at winning support from...

Democrats Seek Political Middle Ground At Hearing On ‘Deep’ GHG Cuts

Top House Democrats are defending a technology-neutral approach to achieving “deep” carbon reductions throughout the economy even though some climate advocates question key low-carbon options, while the lawmakers are also rejecting the notion that an “innovation” agenda favored by the GOP is sufficient. The arguments came during a July 24 hearing in the House Energy & Commerce environment panel, the first in a series to build support for Democrats’ planned comprehensive legislation by the end of the year to attack...

California-Auto GHG Deal Boosts Pressure On White House, Industry

California’s deal with four major automakers setting vehicle greenhouse gas and fuel economy standards, which tracks closely with industry’s requested changes to the current rules, is increasing pressure on other auto companies and the White House to abandon their aggressive rollback plans and embrace a compromise. The July 25 deal endorses regulatory stringency that experts say falls roughly midway between the current, Obama-era standards and the Trump administration’s proposal to freeze requirements at model year 2020 levels. However, EPA and...

CPP backers say litigation dismissal premature

States and environmental groups that support the Obama-era Clean Power Plan (CPP) are arguing that it is premature for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to dismiss litigation over the rule as moot, given that EPA’s rule to rescind that policy does not formally take effect for several more weeks. In addition, the CPP supporters are warning a separate state coalition and industry groups that oppose the Obama-era climate rule that any future effort to...

Congress: Bipartisan group floats bill targeting heavy industry GHGs

A bipartisan group of lawmakers in both chambers is floating legislation that would advance carbon capture and storage (CCS) and other technology in a variety of energy-intensive heavy industries, arguing the bill could help reduce greenhouse gases from a slice of the economy that has proven difficult to decarbonize. The so-called “Clean Industrial Technology Act” was introduced July 25 in the Senate by Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Shelly Moore Capito (R-WV), Mike Braun (R-IN), Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Cory Booker...

D.C. Circuit denies rehearing of RFS waivers suit

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has denied rehearing of biofuel producers’ suit challenging EPA’s policy for issuing waivers from renewable fuel standard (RFS) biofuel blending requirements, as biofuels advocates and their oil sector adversaries ramp up their war of words over the waivers. In per curiam orders issued July 24 in Producers of Renewables United for Integrity Truth and Transparency (PRUITT) v. EPA , the court denied both panel and en banc...

California Gov. Newsom Details GHG Deal With Major Automakers

California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) is releasing details of the state’s potentially groundbreaking voluntary agreement with four large automakers to implement what the state calls robust vehicle greenhouse gas standards through model year 2026. The deal represents a rebuke to the Trump administration, which has proposed freezing standards at MY20 levels, a plan that many expect would trigger protracted court battles and might ultimately force automakers to meet two different sets of emission standards. According to a fact sheet Newsom’s...


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