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  • Comments to US Postal Service on Delivery Vehicle Acquisitions

    The U.S. Postal Service committed to acquiring at least 10% battery electric vehicles (BEVs) over the next decade. We filed comments supporting that decision for monetizing the social cost of the project's marginal greenhouse gas emissions and describing several ways the Postal Service should extend its analysis.

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  • Comments to DOE on Conservation Standards for Furnaces and Water Heaters

    In August 2021, DOE proposed to return to holding less-efficient gas furnaces to the same standard as other gas furnaces. We filed comments supporting the proposal, while cautioning DOE against making unnecessary statements that might hinder its ability in the future to set standards that would encourage consumers to switch from gas-fired appliances to electric appliances.

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  • Comments to FERC on Transmission ANOPR

    Our comments recommend that FERC make significant changes to enhance the transmission planning and cost allocation processes -- changes that address barriers to development of regional and interregional transmission that would interconnect and integrate far-flung but low-cost renewable resources. We argue for using a nationally uniform, forward-looking cost-benefit analysis to guide project selection and encourage the Commission to consider prescribing cost allocations that distribute the costs associated with societal benefits and public goods as broadly as possible.

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  • Comments to BLM on Big Papi Application to Drill

    In the EA, BLM recycles the main Trump-era arguments that agencies used to justify their decision not to apply the social cost of greenhouse gases. In these comments, we draw BLM’s attention the proposed action's significant climate damages, amounting to between $114 million and $161 million over the lifetime of the planned wells.

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  • Comments to BLM on Coal Leasing Program Review

    In our comment letter, we call on the agency to substantially reform the coal program to adequately account for externalities and protect the public interest.

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  • Comments to BLM on Oil and Gas Leasing in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

    The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) recently issued a notice of intent to complete a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for an oil and gas leasing plan within the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) Coastal Plain. We submitted comments explaining how BLM’s previous EIS fell short of the agency’s obligation to assess the effects of oil and gas leasing and to consider reasonable alternatives.

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  • Comments to FERC on Climate Risks, Reliability, and Resilience

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission requested responses to a number of questions on the effects of climate change and electric system reliability. In April 2021, we submitted comments highlighting opportunities to improve reliability and resilience by adjusting approaches the Commission and others take to planning, investing in, and operating grid components.

    Then FERC, following a technical conference over the summer, requested further comments on a specific series of questions. In September 2021, we submitted joint comments describing process options and resources for conducting climate resilience planning, and emphasized how accounting for climate impacts is relevant to consumer costs.

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  • Comments to EPA on New Clean Car Standards

    We submitted comments on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (“EPA”) notice of proposed rulemaking, Revised 2023 and Later Model Year Light-Duty Vehicle Greenhouse Gas Emissions Standards. Our comment urged EPA to: select the regulatory alternative that will maximize net social welfare and promote distributional justice; rely on legislative and regulatory history to help justify its aproach to lead time; and improve its modeling to more fully capture benefits of stronger standards.

    We also submitted joint comments with a coalition of other environmental groups on EPA's use of the social cost of carbon (SCC) in its proposed regulation, recommending that the agency expand its justification its discount rates and inclusion of global damages in the SCC, and affirm that the SCC is a lower bound of projected climate impacts.

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  • Comments to Michigan PSC on Extreme Weather Planning

    In the aftermath of summer storms that resulted in widespread and prolonged power outages, Michigan's Public Service Commission requested comments on whether utilities should continue to rely exclusively on historical data when planning for extreme events. In comments filed jointly with the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia Law School, and the Initiative for Climate Risk and Resilience Law, Policy Integrity suggested processes and tools that the Commission should direct utilities to use to identify and mitigate vulnerabilities to the impacts of extreme weather and climate change impacts more generally.

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  • Comments to NHTSA on Rescinding CAFE Penalties Interim Final Rule

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration ("NHTSA") sets corporate average fuel economy ("CAFE") standards for light-duty vehicles, and penalizes automobile manufacturers who fail to meet applicable standards. In January 2021, NHTSA issued an Interim Final Rule repealing the inflation-adjusted penalty increase for Model Years 2019-2021, which we commented was untimely and disregarded critical environmental harms. 

    In August 2021, NHTSA proposed to rescind the Interim Final Rule. We filed comments supporting the proposal for complying with inflation-adjustment obligations, driving fuel savings, and reducing pollution.

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