Laws & Regulations

California Sues The Trump Administration Over Fuel Ecomony Standards

"California sued the federal government Monday over the Trump administration’s decision to postpone indefinitely a decision by former President Barack Obama to dramatically increase the penalties for violating federal fuel economy standards."

Source: Sacramento Bee, 09/14/2017

"U.S. House Votes to Block Climate Rules, Using Critical Budget Bill"

"The House of Representatives on Wednesday voted to cut funding from key climate protection rules and rejected an attempt to save regional offices of the Environmental Protection Agency from being closed. But lawmakers voted against an amendment to cut $1.9 billion from the EPA's budget, which would have dealt a devastating blow to the beleaguered agency."

Source: InsideClimate News, 09/14/2017

Exxon Loses Bid to Keep Auditor Files Secret in Climate Fraud Probe

"Brushing aside objections by ExxonMobil, New York's highest court has opened the door for state officials to demand that the oil giant's outside auditor immediately turn over records as part of a fraud investigation into the company's positions on climate change."

Source: InsideClimate News, 09/13/2017

"EPA Chief Denies Icahn Influence In Biofuel Regulation"

"Investor Carl Icahn never wielded excessive influence on U.S. biofuels policy while acting as President Donald Trump’s adviser on regulation, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency said in a letter to a Democratic Senator Sheldon Whitehouse."

Source: Reuters, 09/13/2017

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"Government Watchdog To Launch Probe Into EPA’s Hiring Practices"

"A government watchdog agency has agreed to a request from Democratic senators to open an inquiry into whether the Environmental Protection Agency circumvented the Trump administration’s own ethics rules when hiring certain agency employees."

Source: Washington Post, 09/12/2017

New Enbridge Pipeline Across Northern Minnesota Not Needed, State Says

"Enbridge's proposed new crude oil pipeline across northern Minnesota isn't needed, and moreover the aging line it's supposed to replace should be shut down, the Minnesota Department of Commerce said in an analysis released Monday."

Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune, 09/12/2017

"Congress Rejects Trump Proposals to Cut Health Research Funds"

"Back in March, when President Trump released the first draft of his budget proposal for the coming fiscal year, he asked lawmakers for deep cuts to one of their favorite institutions, the National Institutes of Health — part of a broad reordering of priorities, away from science and social spending, toward defense and border security. Six months later, Congress has not only rejected the president’s N.I.H. proposal; lawmakers from both parties have joined forces to increase spending on biomedical research — and have bragged about it."

Source: NY Times, 09/12/2017

Despite Irma, Florida Rep. Aims To Let Companies Hide Climate Risks

"The Republican congressman from one of Hurricane Irma’s hardest hit counties is leading a legislative effort to let companies conceal how climate change affects their businesses. Only weeks before the storm came ashore, Florida U.S. Rep. Bill Posey reintroduced legislation designed to bar federal regulators from forcing companies to better disclose their climate-related risks to their shareholders."

Source: International Business Times, 09/12/2017

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