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Trump pick Pence held muddled views on Clean Power Plan

Donald Trump's running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, since at least 2000 has been railing against the proposition that greenhouse gas emissions are changing the Earth's climate. And the Republican governor repeatedly told Indiana media in the past year that he would defy U.S. EPA's carbon rule even if it is upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court. But that rhetoric was not in sync with what his administration actually was doing.

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Ex-DOJ lawyer predicts 'clamor' for Congress to act on GHGs

A veteran Justice Department environmental attorney now in private practice representing opponents of U.S. EPA's Clean Power Plan believes that no matter which way courts rule, there will be a "clamor" from industry for Congress to pass more limited legislation to address greenhouse gases, such as a carbon tax or a cap-and-trade program.

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It's conference season for EPA carbon rule

Starting today, Infocast will hold its second annual Clean Power Plan Implementation Summit. The first day focuses on using natural gas to comply with the rule. Tomorrow's and Wednesday's sessions kick off with remarks from U.S. EPA Associate Assistant Administrator and Senior Counsel Joe Goffman before delving into legal issues, carbon-cutting options and power system considerations. A variety of state environment and energy officials, as well as electric regulators, will speak. Panelists also include utility and grid organization leaders, consultants, and environmental advocates. ClimateWire's Elizabeth Harball will be there.

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As final rule nears, meeting records offer insight into EPA rollout process

Hundreds of pages of records obtained by Greenwire under the Freedom of Information Act detail who U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy was talking to in the runup to the Clean Power Plan announcement last year. The documents provide a window into EPA's internal process for drafting the rule last year and could provide clues on who the agency is consulting now before it finalizes the proposal in the coming weeks.

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Supreme Court mercury ruling fuels EPA 'regulatory overreach' claims, including for carbon rules

U.S. EPA chief Gina McCarthy heads to Capitol Hill on Thursday to get grilled by Republicans on the House Science Committee about the agency's "regulatory overreach," following a Supreme Court decision last week that EPA's mercury rules for power plants should have considered industry costs.

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EIA report, NACAA 'menu' of carbon-cutting options spur more cost, reliability fights

In a big news week for the Clean Power Plan, the National Association of Clean Air Agencies released its "menu of options" for states weighing carbon-cutting strategies, and the U.S. Energy Information Administration came out with an analysis that shows coal retirements could more than double if the draft rule is implemented.

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