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October 13, 2020

Top Story

Judges Hear Arguments in President Trump’s Biggest Climate Rollback

By Lisa Friedman, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2020-10-12 09:00:07

The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia panel, with two judges named by President Barack Obama and one by President Trump, could well agree to block the Trump administration’s plan, but the issue is almost sure to reach the Supreme Court if Mr. Trump is re-elected. Even if Mr. Trump loses next month, the arguments by the Environmental Protection Agency laid the groundwork for a protracted legal war over future administrations’ ability to cut the pollution responsible for climate change from the power sector, the country’s second largest source of greenhouse gas emissions.
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Affordable Clean Energy Rule Litigation

D.C. Circuit grills Trump admin on carbon rule

By Niina H. Farah, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-10-12 09:04:30

A panel of federal judges yesterday questioned whether the Trump administration made the right call when it unwound a signature Obama-era climate rule and replaced it with a much less stringent regulation. In a marathon virtual hearing that lasted more than nine hours, a three-judge panel for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit peppered a long roster of attorneys with questions about EPA’s precise authority to regulate carbon emissions from power plants under the Clean Air Act. [ read more … ]

Coal-friendly states line up behind Trump EPA rule

By Jean Chemnick, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-10-12 09:03:27

Some states that rely heavily on coal-fired power appear to be rushing to turn in their compliance plans for EPA’s power plant carbon rule years ahead of schedule. Lawyers familiar with their plans say West Virginia, Oklahoma and Arkansas could submit at least partial plans to EPA in the coming months, with others following soon after. The attorneys declined to speak on the record to protect their clients’ interests. [ read more … ]

Climate Questions for Supreme Court Nominee

4 climate questions for Amy Coney Barrett

By Jennifer Hijazi, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-10-12 09:07:31

It’s unclear if she will face questions on climate, but at 48, Barrett is poised for a lifetime appointment on a bench that could eventually grapple with major legal battles over rising temperatures, swelling seas and rampant wildfires. While climate litigation has exploded in recent years, many cases are still making their way through the lower courts. The Supreme Court last week agreed to review a procedural battle stemming from Baltimore’s effort to get the oil and gas industry to pay up for global warming impacts, but the judiciary has not yet sunk its teeth into the meat of many climate disputes. [ read more … ]

Methane Rule

Roller coaster’: Judge axes Obama-era methane rule

By Carlos Anchondo, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-10-12 09:02:22

A federal judge last night found that the Bureau of Land Management under the Obama administration overstepped its authority with its efforts to regulate emissions of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, from oil and gas operations on federal and Indian lands. The decision from the U.S. District Court for the District of Wyoming comes less than three months after a separate bench struck down the Trump administration’s attempt to repeal the Obama-era methane rule, which sought to curb natural gas wasted through practices such as venting and flaring [ read more … ]

Carbon Tax

The Numbers Behind Exxon’s Support for a Carbon Tax

By Gernot Wagner, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2020-10-12 09:05:58

Exxon is down but definitely not out. As Bloomberg News reported this week, Exxon projected a significant rise in its own CO₂ projections over the next five years. The carbon forecasts reflect growth plans that have been thrown into distress by the pandemic, and its figures on future emissions hadn’t been disclosed to investors. (Exxon has said the forecasts were preliminary and have already been changed.) [ read more … ]

Campaign 2020

This is how Biden’s climate plan stacks up to the Green New Deal

By Dino Grandoni, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2020-10-12 09:01:25

Both President Trump and Vice President Pence spent much of the first two debates conflating the Democratic nominee’s plan for tackling climate change with an environmental blueprint introduced last year by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and embraced by many young progressives. “They have a $2 trillion version of the Green New Deal,” Pence said Wednesday evening in Utah during his first and only appearance with Biden’s running mate, Sen. Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.). The Democrats’ climate plan, he added, isn’t “that very different from the original Green New Deal.”  [ read more … ]

Energy job losses seen as ‘motivator’ in Trump-Biden race

By David Iaconangelo, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-10-12 09:03:54

The nation’s clean energy industries are showing little sign of a post-COVID-19 renaissance as the presidential election nears, posting “anemic” job growth last month even as nearly half a million people remained out of work. About 12,500 clean energy jobs trickled back in September, leaving some 477,900 people — or 14% of the sector — unemployed after being laid off during the pandemic, according to an analysis of federal data from California-based BW Research Partnership published Wednesday. [ read more … ]

Off Topic

1 state got an ‘A’ for teaching climate change. It’s Wyo.

By Avery Ellfeldt, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-10-12 09:00:54

Wyoming, which has not adopted the NGSS, was the only state that received an A from the three experts, while New York, Colorado, Alaska and North Dakota each received an A-. In general, the report said, these states received top marks because their standards are clearer than other states that climate change is both severe and human-caused. These states also scored well because they had customized their standards beyond the common framework — in some cases integrating local examples of climate impacts to make the curriculum more relevant for students in a given region. [ read more … ]


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