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Trump may be backing down on car emissions fight

TRANSPORTATION: Sources close to the Trump administration say the president is likely to back off efforts to roll back vehicle emissions standards. (Axios)

ALSO:
The White House has refused to meet with air pollution regulators on auto emissions, while taking meetings with industry groups. (E&E News)
The EPA has missed a Sept. 30 deadline to establish new carbon emissions rules for airplanes. (E&E News, subscription) 

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EMISSIONS: A federal court ruled the EPA is not doing enough to prevent the cross-state movement of ozone in a case brought by several Northeastern states. (The Hill) 

CLIMATE:
• Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf today is expected to announce his state will take the first steps to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. (PennLive)
• A Vermont official concedes the state will not meet its target of a 50% emissions reduction by 2028. (VT Digger)
• Baltimore and a host of oil and gas companies argue before the U.S. Supreme Court whether the city’s climate lawsuit should be tried in federal or state courts. (Baltimore Sun)

UTILITIES: Oregon, Illinois and Hawaii are among state utility commissions moving away from traditional utility regulatory processes in response to increased variable renewable generation and distributed energy resources. (Utility Dive)

COAL:
As more natural gas and renewable power comes online, coal plants are running less, but utilities are still reluctant to shut them down. (E&E News)
Lawyers for bankrupt coal company Blackjewel are offered a deal that would provide $5.5 million to pay former Kentucky employees. (Lexington Herald Leader)
The manager of Blackjewel’s Wyoming mines called police in July, concerned that miners who had worked without pay might try to unlawfully take something. (WyoFile)
The federal government received no bids during a competitive lease sale for coal underneath Ohio’s Wayne National Forest. (Associated Press)

COAL ASH: Environmental groups say they plan to sue the EPA if the agency finalizes proposed changes that weaken coal ash regulations. (Bloomberg)

OIL & GAS:
• Methane sensors will be put on planes, trucks and towers in the Permian Basin to measure the oil and gas industry’s greenhouse gas emissions for a year, and the data will be made public. (Associated Press)
California regulators fined Chevron $2.7 million for illegally allowing multiple uncontrolled oil releases at a Kern County oil field. (Associated Press)

SOLAR:
A study commissioned by the city of Sheridan, Wyoming, says solar energy has strong local economic potential but is hindered by state regulations. (Sheridan Press)
“So what if I don’t want it in my backyard”:  citizen groups that oppose solar projects are successfully stopping installations around the country. (E&E News, subscription)

ACTIVISM:
• Climate activist Greta Thunberg will join in a march Friday in Iowa City to protest the University of Iowa’s coal-burning power plant. (The Gazette)
• Federal prosecutors announce charges against two women who held a news conference in July 2017 to describe how they damaged Dakota Access Pipeline equipment in Iowa to delay its construction. (New York Times)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Tesla delivered a record-breaking 97,000 electric vehicles from July through September but is still behind on Elon Musk’s sales goal for the entire year. (Associated Press)

COMMENTARY: A California environmental lobbyist says the state must utilize offshore wind in its fight against climate change. (Cal Matters)

 

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