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U.S. Department of Energy required to implement greenhouse gas reducing energy standards

A District Court ordered the U.S. Department of Energy to publish the 2016 Obama-era efficiency standards in light of the Trump Administration’s refusal to implement the standards. The ruling came in response to a suit by a “coalition of states” led by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, alleging the Trump administration was violating federal law by refusing to use the standards, which “are estimated to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 98.8 million tons over three decades.” The efficiency standards are related to “portable air conditioners, air compressors and commercial packaged boilers, as well as ‘uninterruptible power supplies,’ according to the ruling.”

California v. Perry, No. 4:17-cv-03406 (N.D. Cal., filed June 13, 2017); Natural Resources Defense Council v. Perry, No. 3:17-cv-03404 (N.D. Cal., filed June 13, 2017)

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