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CARB Disputes Claims Its Forestry GHG Offset Rules Over-Credit Projects

California Air Resources Board (CARB) officials are faulting a new academic analysis alleging that the board’s U.S. forestry management greenhouse gas offset protocol is over-crediting projects because it underestimates carbon emissions that are “leaked” when unregulated projects are undertaken to make up lumber supplies.

Former Bush EPA air chief Jeffrey Holmstead is warning environmentalists and Democratic states that they lack legal standing to challenge the agency’s effort to scrap the “appropriate and necessary” cost-benefit finding underpinning the Obama-era utility air toxics rule, because they cannot show any injury from undoing the finding.

A slew of environmentalists, legal experts and states are citing mounting evidence that carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology is becoming increasingly advanced, arguing that poses a major hurdle to EPA’s attempt to no longer base its greenhouse gas targets for new coal plants on CCS with partial capture.

The California Chamber of Commerce is targeting six state environmental bills, including a pending measure that would lock-in Obama-era rules from EPA, as part of its annual list of “job killer” measures, a list aimed at pressing lawmakers to weaken or kill the proposals, though two of the bills have already stalled due in part to business opposition.