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Critics Declare Victory As Court Remands BLM Oil Leases For Climate Study

Environmental groups challenging the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) environmental reviews for thousands of oil and gas leases on 1.9 million acres of public lands across the West are declaring at least a partial victory after a federal district court granted the bureau’s request to remand the reviews for further climate change analysis.
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Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Rep. Nanette Barragán (D-CA) are attacking and questioning efforts by Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) to impede the Golden State’s plan to phase out most uses of natural gas, including in homes and commercial buildings, charging the company’s tactics are unethical and possibly illegal.

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) is advancing a rule for autonomous vehicles (AVs) that would set an overarching goal to reduce greenhouse gas and other air emissions, though the commission is rejecting calls for “sub-goals” for electric vehicles (EVs), reduced vehicle miles traveled (VMT) and environmental justice.

A new expert report is touting an array of short- and longer-term strategies to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, estimating that job gains under the approach would dwarf job losses and that the effort would not boost oil and gas sector unemployment over the next decade.