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Industry, GOP Seek To Allay Pruitt Fears That Paris Undercuts CPP Rollback

Industry and Republican officials are seeking to allay EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's concerns that continued United States participation in the Paris Agreement would undermine his efforts to roll back key Obama-era climate rules like the agency's power plant greenhouse gas limits -- arguing that the global pact does not dictate any particular regulatory program.
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Preliminary Trump administration plans to cut EPA enforcement spending on delegated programs risks a race to the bottom on environmental compliance that could hamper state as well as federal enforcement and create competitive disadvantages for companies that comply with environmental laws, a former agency official and other observers say.

New analysis of the Trump administration's climate deregulatory efforts finds a “best case” scenario of relatively flat greenhouse gas emissions due in large part to continuing energy market trends toward cleaner power, but the study also underscores the impact of policies curbing more potent GHGs.

Biofuels supporters are urging EPA to meet a Nov. 30 statutory deadline for issuing final renewable fuel standard (RFS) targets for 2018, and adhere to Congress' specific goals for ethanol production -- a call that could get a boost from federal appeals court judges who doubted EPA's power to waive those goals due to “supply” limitations.