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RFF Economist Expects EPA To Face Several 'Conundrums' In Replacing CPP

A Resources for the Future (RFF) economist who is a longtime observer of EPA's effort to regulate power sector greenhouse gases is highlighting several challenges and “conundrums” the Trump EPA faces as it tries to replace the prior administration's Clean Power Plan (CPP), including that courts might look skeptically on a rule that achieves “trivial” amounts of emission cuts.
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House lawmakers and auto industry representatives are ramping up efforts to defend the Trump administration's plan to offer more flexibility under EPA's light-duty vehicle greenhouse gas standards, arguing the move would help consumers afford new vehicles, accelerate fleet turnover and help reduce emissions.

Former EPA officials are offering a mixed reaction to an interim agency policy instructing regional enforcement staff to consult with headquarters on new enforcement information requests, with some saying it signals a troubling chilling of enforcement while others say it is premature to cite the policy as a major factor in slowing such efforts.

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit appears likely to reject an extraordinary request by the Department of Justice (DOJ) to order district court dismissal of novel youth constitutional climate change case, with two of the three judges suggesting at Dec. 11 oral arguments that DOJ failed to meet the high bar needed to grant the relief.