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Attorneys Reject Claim That Staying In Paris Deal Creates Legal Risk For Trump

Environmental attorneys are dismissing warnings from GOP senators and state officials opposed to the Paris Agreement that continued United States participation in the global climate deal creates a risk that the Trump EPA could ultimately be forced to regulate greenhouse gases through an economy-wide framework under section 115 of the air act.

Biofuels makers and retailers are urging EPA and White House officials to boost volumetric blending requirements for low-carbon advanced biofuels in the agency's pending 2018 renewable fuel standard (RFS) targets, while also urging officials to maintain a proposal to shift the "point of obligation" compliance burden under the program.

A bipartisan group of senators has introduced legislation to harmonize aspects of the Department of Transportation's fuel economy program with EPA's vehicle greenhouse gas program, a bill that reflects efforts automakers have long sought but which is already sparking fierce blowback from environmental and consumer advocates.

Gov. Jerry Brown (D) said this week that his administration will announce "relatively soon" new measures to more aggressively promote zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs), sparking speculation about whether the action will go beyond plans by the state air board to tighten post-2025 ZEV sales mandates.