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GCC Asks USEPA, NHTSA for More Public Hearings, Comment Extension for Vehicle Emissions Rollbacks
September 6, 2018
On September 6, 2018, shortly after USEPA and NHTSA proposed a joint rule to roll-back vehicle emissions and fuel efficiency standards and to rescind the CA waiver, GCC’s Executive Director, Vicki Arroyo, submitted to...

State Officials Oppose the Trump Administration's Proposal to Replace the Clean Power Plan
August 22, 2018
On Tuesday, August 21, 2018, the Trump Administration announced its proposal to replace the Clean Power Plan. Environment and energy agency leaders from 14 states sent a letter to EPA Acting Administrator Andrew...

U.S. EPA and NHTSA Propose to Freeze GHG Emissions and Fuel Economy Standards for Cars and Trucks
August 2, 2018
On August 2, 2018, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued a joint Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on greenhouse gas emission and fuel economy (CAFE) standards for vehicle model years 2021 to 2026. The Administration’s proposed rule would freeze the standards at 2020 levels for model years 2021-2026. The rule also would revoke the waiver granted to California to establish more stringent standards for vehicle emissions, as well as the Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Regulation.

EV Corridor Analysis Tool for Northeast and Mid-Atlantic States
July 26, 2018
The Georgetown Climate Center and M.J. Bradley & Associates developed an electric vehicle (EV) corridor analysis tool to support state and regional EV charging infrastructure planning. Developed in collaboration the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states through the Transportation and Climate Initiative, the corridor analysis includes an interactive online map of public fast charging infrastructure for electric vehicles along selected corridors across the region and uses various criteria to identify highway exits that are good candidates for additional charging infrastructure investment.

U.S. EPA to Revise GHG Emissions Standards for Model Year 2022-2025 Cars and Light Trucks
April 2, 2018
On April 2, 2018, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt announced that EPA has completed its Midterm Evaluation process for the existing federal greenhouse gas emissions standards for cars and light trucks for model years 2022-2025, and determined that the standards "are not appropriate and should be revised."

12 States Encourage EPA to Implement a Meaningful Federal Program to Reduce GHG Emissions
February 28, 2018
On Monday, February 26, 2018, environmental and energy agency leaders from 12 states submitted comments urging the EPA to meaningfully regulate carbon dioxide emissions from power plants and to recognize the successful...

Georgetown Climate Center Testifies in Opposition to Proposed Repeal of the Clean Power Plan
November 29, 2017
The Georgetown Climate Center's Sarah Duffy testified on Nov. 29 in opposition to the EPA's proposed repeal of the Clean Power Plan at an EPA hearing in West Virginia. In a letter sent to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt on Nov. 28, Vicki Arroyo, executive director of the Georgetown Climate Center, also urged the Trump Administration to expand opportunities for public input on its proposed repeal.

U.S. State Leadership at COP23
November 17, 2017
U.S. state leaders delivered a strong message to the rest of the world that cities, states, and businesses will continue to lead and do their part to deliver on U.S. commitments during the U.N. climate change talks this week in Germany. To help U.S. leaders deliver that message, the Georgetown Climate Center, The Climate Registry, and the Climate Action Reserve supported a delegation of 11 U.S. states, which included four U.S. governors. It was the largest delegation of U.S. states to ever attend the annual Conference of Parties (COP) climate talks.

State and Local Climate Leadership in the Trumpocene
October 18, 2017
In a special issue of the Carbon & Climate Law Review, Vicki Arroyo identifies steps that states and cities are taking that demonstrate their climate leadership in the face of the Trump Administration's assault on climate change policy.

State Reactions to Trump Repealing the Clean Power Plan
October 10, 2017
View statements made by state officials about the Trump Administration's decision to repeal the Clean Power Plan.