This article outlines pertinent legal and policy developments on climate change in the United States over the past week (for previous updates, please see “Climate Change Policy Update: repeal the climate bill, ban gas and zero-emission trucks”).
Senate budget hearing highlights split on climate agendas
A recent Senate budget hearing highlighted the gap between Democrats and Republicans in the Senate over the debt ceiling negation. Committee Chairman Sheldon Whitehouse criticized the Republican debt limit plan, while Senator Roger Marshall attacked the Democratic Party’s climate agenda.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is expected to roll out a rule that is the most ambitious attempt yet to combat planet-warming pollution from thousands of power plants. The proposed rule is expected to use cutting-edge technologies rarely used in the US electricity industry.
Announcing that an agreement has been signed to pass legislation banning natural gas in most new buildings in New York, Governor Kathy Hochul officially signed the state’s budget into law last week. This ultimately approved the first statewide ban on fossil fuels in new buildings and cap and investment programs, and authorized the New York Electricity Authority to play a role. is a developer of renewable energy facilities.
Following the announcement that he would not run for re-election in 2024, Governor Jay Inslee praised his administration’s efforts to adopt the nation’s best climate policies.
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Leila Fleming, public policy expert, helped prepare this article.