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01/13/2021

Trump’s EPA Launches Surprise Attack on Biden’s Climate Rules

In a surprise move, the Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday will unveil a climate rule that will effectively prohibit the future regulation of greenhouse gases from any stationary industry other than power plants, Politico reports. The rule, which could hamstring much of Joe Biden’s climate agenda, comes just eight days before the inauguration of the president-elect.

(Politico)

Trump Delays Penalty Increases for Fuel Economy Regulation at Request of Auto Industry

The Trump administration agreed on Tuesday to an auto industry request to delay the start of dramatically higher penalties for companies that fail to meet fuel efficiency requirements, a move that could save the industry hundreds of millions of dollars or more. Environmental advocates criticized the move, calling it a “last-minute favor” for the industry.

(Reuters)

Even With a 50-50 Split, a Biden Administration Senate Could Make Big Strides on Climate

Democrats will soon hold a narrow majority of the Senate, with Vice President-elect Kamala Harris breaking the 50-50 tie. Even that narrow majority gives Democrats extraordinary ability to elevate climate change as a major priority and to take up related policy at the federal level. Still, some ardent climate action advocates worry how much progress can really be made.

(Inside Climate News)

How the Trump Administration’s Climate Denial Left Its Mark on the Arctic Council

For decades, through political tumult and changing global allegiances, the Arctic Council went about its business, producing groundbreaking scientific reports and hammering out binding agreements to ensure cooperation among its members and to address climate change. That ended, members of the council say, with the arrival of the Trump administration.

(Inside Climate News)

The Senate’s New Point Man on Climate Has Been the Democrat’s Most Fossil Fuel-Friendly Senator

Sen. Joe Manchin, who in 2010 famously shot a bullet through a copy of Congress’ last major climate bill as a form of protest, is now well-positioned to determine how much of President-elect Joe Biden’s $2 trillion climate plan becomes law. But some people who have closely followed the West Virginia Democrat’s career say his views on global warming have since evolved.

(Inside Climate News)

A Late Burst of Climate Denial Extends the Era of Trump Disinformation

The White House on Tuesday reassigned two administration officials who posted a series of debunked scientific reports denying the existence and significance of man-made climate change, purportedly on behalf of the United States government. David Legates and Ryan Maue, two Trump-appointed officials, have both been moved from their respective agencies to the White House.

(The New York Times)

Progressives Gear Up for Broad New Push on Climate Action

A coalition of progressive groups say they are organizing a sweeping network to mobilize around climate change, and racial and environmental justice, making a new unified push as President-elect Joe Biden is days away from taking office with Democrats set to control both the House and the Senate. The group, the Green New Deal Network, plans to invest in 20 key states to push its agenda forward.

(NPR)

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