User login

Inside EPA

GET 30 DAYS FREE

President Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement has taken the uncertainty surrounding U.S. climate policy to a whole new level. 

Sign up for 30 days of no-obligation access to Inside EPA/climate for all the essential news.

EPA May Cite Jurisdiction In Methane NSPS Appeal But Win Could Be Narrow

A potential EPA appeal of the ruling striking down its 90-day stay of Obama-era methane standards for new oil and gas operations could focus on a novel argument supported by a dissenting judge that courts lack authority to review such stays, but observers say that even if courts back that claim it might not impact related suits over other paused rules.

As the Department of Energy (DOE) finishes its much-anticipated study of the electric grid assessing the need to help baseload power plants, it remains unclear how the Trump administration intends to support coal and nuclear plants while simultaneously boosting natural gas production.

There are growing signals that some states in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) are leaning toward the least stringent of three post-2020 emissions cap options that participating states have floated, a plan environmentalists criticize as lacking sufficient ambition to address climate change.

A top adviser to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt and several state officials say the agency appears to be moving away from its close “matter-by-matter” oversight reviewing a slew of individual state actions under delegated agency authority, shifting from the “paternalistic” approach to a broader “trust” that states' programs are adequate.