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President Orders Tighter Fuel Standards for Trucks

February 18, 2014 2:32 PM | Posted by Greissing, Patrick | Topic(s): Federal Policy/Programs, Mobile Sources, Carbon Markets, Clean Tech, GHG / Climate Change

President Obama has issued an order to the U.S. EPA and the Department of Transportation (DOT) to develop tighter fuel economy standards for medium and heavy-duty trucks beyond model year 2018. The new standards must be finalized by March 2016, with the proposed standards developed by March 2015. Obama said the standards represent “another big step to grow our economy and reduce America's dependence on foreign oil.” The White House plans to work with truck manufacturers and operators in developing the standards.

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EPA’s New Strategic Plan Includes Focus on Emission Standards for Heavy Duty Vehicles and Off-Road Sources

November 25, 2013 1:03 PM | Posted by Bruce Pasfield | Topic(s): Federal Policy/Programs, Mobile Sources, GHG / Climate Change

Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a draft strategic plan entitled, “Draft FY 2014-2018 EPA Strategic Plan.” As part of EPA’s mission to protect human health and the environment the draft strategic plan has five strategic goals: 
    • Address climate change and improve air quality, 
    • Protect America’s waters, 
    • Clean up Communities and advance sustainable development, 
    • Ensure safety of chemicals and prevent pollution, and 
    • Protect human health and the environment by enforcing laws and assuring compliance.
The draft plan also lists EPA’s core values as science, transparency and rule of law. The plan focuses on “developing and using creative, flexible, cost-effective, and sustainable actions that deliver significant benefits on the ground in protecting and improving human health and the environment.”

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Murkowski CO2 Amendment Would Slow EPA

September 23, 2009 1:52 PM | Posted by Patrick Greissing | Topic(s): Federal Policy/Programs, Mobile Sources

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, the ranking member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, is floating an amendment that could limit EPA’s efforts to regulate carbon dioxide emissions.  The amendment to the EPA’s fiscal 2010 spending bill would limit the EPA to only regulating CO2 emissions from mobile sources.  In effect, it allows the EPA to carry on with their recently proposed CAFE standards, but would essentially stall any efforts related to stationary sources, regarding which EPA is otherwise expected to issue regulations or guidance on in early 2010.  The amendment would specifically prohibit the EPA from regulating CO2 emissions from power plants.  The amendment would only be effective for one year if it is enacted.

IMO Meeting Concludes Without Action on Greenhouse Gas Regulations

October 13, 2008 10:47 AM | Posted by | Topic(s): International Policy/Programs, Mobile Sources

On October 10, the 57th session of the International Maritime Organization's (IMO) Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) concluded without any action on a plan for regulations to control GHG emissions from ocean-going ships.  The maritime shipping industry accounts for between 3 and 4 percent of the world's GHG emissions; emissions from that sector are expected to double in the next two decades.  The IMO, a specialized agency of the United Nations, has been considering issues related to maritime GHG emissions since at least 2000, and one of the agenda items for the October meeting was discussion of GHG controls for ocean-going vessels.

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Another Court Upholds California's Ability to Regulate GHG Emissions from Mobile Sources

December 13, 2007 9:24 AM | Posted by | Topic(s): State Policy/Programs, Mobile Sources

A second federal district court has upheld California's ability to regulate GHG emissions from mobile sources (Central Valley Chrysler Jeep, Inc. v. Goldstone, Order (E.D. Cal., Dec. 12, 2007)).  Following the lead of Green Mountain Chrysler Plymouth, Inc. v. Crombie, 508 F. Supp. 2d 295 (D. Vt. 2007), the long-anticipated Central Valley opinion rejected claims that CARB's AB 1493 program was preempted by (1) the federal Energy Policy & Conservation Act ("EPCA"), which federal DOT uses to set CAFÉ standards, and (2) federal foreign policy considerations.  We focus on attention here on the former aspects of the opinion. 

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EPA Sets 2007 Deadline For Ruling On California Waiver

June 25, 2007 3:22 PM | Posted by | Topic(s): Federal Policy/Programs, Mobile Sources

On June 21, 2007, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that by the end of 2007 it would rule on the State of California’s pending request for a waiver of federal preemption of state regulations limiting vehicle emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. Because vehicle emissions are regulated under the Clean Air Act, California’s more stringent emissions regulations would run afoul of federal law unless the EPA granted such a waiver.

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