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NEWS UPDATE July 21, 2020

Top Story

Study of emissions and virus deaths implicates EPA policy

By Sean Reilly, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted July 20, 2020

A new study offers fresh evidence of a connection between dirty air and COVID-19 deaths, while suggesting that a 4-month-old EPA civil enforcement freeze has made the situation worse. The working paper by American University researchers found concentrations of soot and ozone rose in counties with more industrial facilities that report emissions to an EPA pollution database since the agency relaxed enforcement in late March. [ read more … ]


Hands are out as Congress is set to begin negotiating a new round of pandemic stimulus.

By New York Times  •    •  Posted July 20, 2020

Airlines, hotels and restaurants. Military contractors and banks. Even Broadway actors. These are just a few of the special interests already maneuvering to get a piece of the next coronavirus relief package about to be taken up by Congress, which is back in session this week. The House has signaled that it wants $3 trillion in aid, the Senate appears to want something in the range of $1 trillion, and the White House is now involved in negotiations. The main components on the table are additional payments to individuals, money for state and local governments, extended unemployment insurance and liability protections for companies and other institutions that are trying to reopen. [ read more … ]


DOE still reviewing gap-year small oil refiner petitions

By Mark Dorenkamp, Brownfield  •    •  Posted July 20, 2020

U.S. Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette shed some new light on the Trump Administration’s handling of small oil refinery ‘gap-year’ renewable fuel waiver requests—a key issue for ethanol and gasoline producers ahead of the November election. Brouillette signaled to the House Energy subcommittee, the 52 ‘gap-year’ retroactive small oil refiner waiver petitions for requests rejected by EPA in earlier years, are still under DOE review, despite biofuel allies’ calls to reject them, outright. [ read more … ]


Supreme Court decision declaring half of Oklahoma Indian land raises big questions for oil drillers

By Dino Grandoni, Washington Post  •    •  Posted July 20, 2020

Oklahoma’s oil industry, already beset by the coronavirus pandemic, now is dealing with the uncertainty stemming from a major Supreme Court decisiondeclaring nearly half of eastern Oklahoma to be Native American land. With the high court’s ruling, oil and gas drillers in the nation’s fourth largest oil-producing state suddenly find themselves operating within the Muscogee (Creek) Nation and four other tribal reservations. [ read more … ]


Judge scraps Trump’s final cap-and-trade challenge

By Jennifer Hijazi, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted July 20, 2020

“Hypothetical or speculative fears cannot support a finding that this state program has more than an incidental effect on foreign affairs,” Shubb wrote in his order. “The United States has failed to show that California’s program impermissibly intrudes on the federal government’s foreign affairs power.” The Trump administration brought the lawsuit last year in an effort to disband the pact, which was created to foster a cross-border market for greenhouse gases in an attempt to cut down on carbon emissions. The Trump administration argued that it violated constitutional rights that govern foreign affairs and treaties. [ read more … ]

Judge tosses Trump challenge to California cap-and-trade

By Josh Siegl, Washington Examiner  •    •  Posted July 20, 2020

California’s cap-and-trade system doesn’t conflict with U.S. foreign policy or violate the Constitution, a federal district court judge in California ruled Friday, handing a legal victory to the state on its signature climate program. “Overall, the United States has failed to identify a clear and express foreign policy that directly conflicts with California’s cap-and-trade program,” Judge William Shubb said in his order. [ read more … ]


Auto Makers Charge Ahead With Electric-Vehicle Plans

By Ben Foldy, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted July 20, 2020

“We believe in an all-electric future, and we’re moving aggressively to have vehicles that people want,” GM Chief Executive Mary Barra said on a call with reporters last month. GM said Thursday that it is developing 20 new electric models by 2023 as part of a $20 billion investment in electric and autonomous technologies. That includes reviving Hummer as an all-electric SUV in early 2022 and building a $2.3 billion battery plant with South Korea’sLG Chem Ltd. in northeast Ohio. [ read more … ]


Note: News clips provided do not necessarily reflect the views of coalition or its member governors.