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November 1, 2021

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Manchin calls on Democrats to slow down on $1.75 trillion spending package, putting imminent House vote in jeopardy

By Tony Romm, Mike DeBonis and Marianna Sotomayor, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2021-11-01 15:32:40

Manchin’s statement immediately generated new uncertainty about House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s plan to hold a vote this week on both of Biden’s long-sought economic packages. Liberal lawmakers have held firm in insisting that the chamber must vote on both bills in tandem, a position that some maintained despite the senator’s stern criticism. “We intend to pass both bills in the next couple of days,” Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), the leader of the congressional Progressive Caucus, said during an interview Monday on CNN. [ read more … ]

SCOTUS & Carbon Emissions

What the Supreme Court’s move means for EPA climate rules

By Niina H. Farah, Pamela King, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-11-01 15:33:14

When the justices issue their ruling in the EPA case, which is expected by next summer, the decision could provide the first indication of how the court’s new 6-3 conservative majority will approach questions of the federal government’s role in curbing global climate change. “This is likely to result in one of the most significant environmental rulings the court has ever reached,” said Robert Percival, director of the Environmental Law Program at the University of Maryland’s law school. The court’s decision could place new limits on how expansively EPA can interpret its authority to use the Clean Air Act to address climate change.
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What the Supreme Court’s move means for Biden in Glasgow

By Lesley Clark, Niina H. Farah, Pamela King, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-11-01 15:33:30

The timing puts the administration in a “precarious position” at the talks, Achinthi Vithanage, associate director of environmental law programs at the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University, wrote in an email. “Whether President Biden can convince the global community that the U.S. has adequate existing regulatory authority, notwithstanding the Supreme Court’s now imposed veil of uncertainty over that very authority, may be a determining factor in the success of the negotiations,” she wrote, adding she hoped it would not.
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Texas Isn’t Ready for Another Deep Freeze

By Mark Chediak and Naureen S Malik, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-11-01 15:32:59

It’s been more than eight months since a glacial chill—the magnitude of which nobody quite anticipated—crept across Texas, forcing power plants offline, freezing natural gas wells and wreaking havoc on every part of the state’s energy system. Millions were plunged into darkness for days. Hundreds of people died. Damages topped $20 billion. And Texas’s leaders vowed to do everything within their power to prevent such a crisis from happening again. But they didn’t do everything. And now, as temperatures are forecast to start dropping again in America’s second-most populous state, Texas is still at risk of another crippling energy crisis the next time it faces perilously cold temperatures. [ read more … ]

Reconciliation Bill

Dems regroup with $555B climate spending hanging in balance

By Jeremy Dillon, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-11-01 08:23:15

Democrats will try to regroup this week after face-planting last week in their attempt to land $2.75 trillion in domestic spending across infrastructure, social spending and climate policy. Last week’s failure to pass a pair of spending measures was a major setback for the party’s leadership, but weekend negotiations and the release of legislative language may have appeased lingering progressive holdouts. So much so that House leadership may try to vote on both early this week, a timeline that would align with President Biden’s appearance at the COP 26 summit in Glasgow, Scotland. [ read more … ]

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