Overnight Energy: No court decision on climate rule before UN talks

YOU'LL HAVE TO WAIT: Climate change rule opponents who had hoped to get it blocked in court before or during the Paris climate talks are out of luck.

The Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit set a briefing schedule that will wrap up the court briefs Dec. 23, at which point judges can start to consider whether to block the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) rule.


The Obama administration will pledge greenhouse gas cuts that rely on the carbon limits for power plants at the Paris talks.

The rule's detractors hoped to send a signal to Paris that Obama is on shaky ground and cannot promise the cuts he's planning.

The talks are scheduled to run from Nov. 30 to Dec. 11, well before the court's three-judge panel will have an opportunity to weigh in on the motions to temporarily block the regulation while it is litigated.

Twenty-six states and dozens of businesses and interest groups are suing to have the EPA's rule overturned, and many have asked for the court stay.

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ON TAP FRIDAY I: Scientist Bill Nye will host a National Geographic event on climate change, previewing an episode of the National Geographic Channel's Explorer program on climate he is hosting.

ON TAP FRIDAY II: The Cato Institute will host a summit on preparing for this climate deal negotiations that start in a few weeks in Paris.


The Senate bill to overturn the EPA's new rule on Clean Water Act jurisdiction will get a vote on the floor of the Senate next week.

Sen. John BarrassoJohn Anthony BarrassoSenate GOP to drop documentary series days before election hitting China, Democrats over coronavirus Hillicon Valley: Senate panel votes to subpoena Big Tech executives | Amazon says over 19,000 workers tested positive for COVID-19 | Democrats demand DHS release report warning of election interference GOP senators call on Trump to oppose nationalizing 5G MORE (R-Wyo.), the bill's main sponsor, announced the scheduled vote.

"The Senate has the opportunity now to take up the Federal Water Quality Protection Act, a strong bipartisan bill that will direct the Environmental Protection Agency to write a reasonable rule to protect our navigable waterways," he said in a statement.

The bill, whose supporters are almost entirely Republican, would repeal the "waters of the United States" rule. It would also give the EPA specific instructions and a deadline for rewriting the rule, which defines which bodies of water fall under federal jurisdiction for the purposes of preventing pollution.

The current regulation is being litigated in federal court, and has been blocked from implementation during the proceedings.


New research is showing the extent to which warming waters off New England's coast, caused by climate change, is contributing to a decline in the cod population, the Boston Globe reports.

Environmental agencies in Pennsylvania are leaving some bills unpaid and skipping meetings amid the state's budget crunch, StateImpact reports.

Royal Dutch Shell's canceled exploration efforts in the Arctic Ocean and Canada's oil sands contributed to a big earnings loss in the most recent quarter, the Washington Post reports.


Check out Thursday's stories ...

- Hillary joins calls for federal probe of Exxon climate change research
- Court won't block climate rule before UN summit
- Moderate GOP senators form green coalition
- Several green groups outline demands for Pacific trade pact
- Carson: 'I was wrong' about oil subsidies

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