Kenneth J. Markowitz Stacey H. Mitchell Dario J. Frommer Christopher A. Treanor May 15 2023 Climate change policy update: power plant pollution, gas ban and climate action Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP | Environment & Climate Change - USA Kenneth J. Markowitz, Stacey H. Mitchell, Dario J. Frommer, Christopher A. Treanor Environment & Climate Change Senate budget hearing highlights divide in climate agendasNew EPA rule to combat power plant pollutionHochul enacts landmark gas ban in New YorkInslee pushes for climate actionThis article outlines pertinent legal and policy climate change developments in the United States during the past week (for the previous update please see "Climate change policy update: climate bill repeal, gas ban and zero-emission trucks").Senate budget hearing highlights divide in climate agendasA recent Senate budget hearing highlighted the distance between Senate Democrats and Republicans on debt ceiling negations. Committee Chair Sheldon Whitehouse criticised the Republican's debt limit plan, while Senator Roger Marshall attacked the Democrats' climate agenda.New EPA rule to combat power plant pollutionThe Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is slated to release a rule that is the most ambitious effort yet to combat planet-warming pollution from thousands of power plants. The proposed rule is expected to make use of advanced technologies that are hardly ever used in the US power industry.Hochul enacts landmark gas ban in New York Having announced that a deal had been struck to pass a law that bans 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 state-wide ban on fossil fuels in new buildings and cap-and-invest programmes and authorised the New York Power Authority to serve as a renewable power facility developer.Inslee pushes for climate actionFollowing his announcement that he will not seek re-election in 2024, Governor Jay Inslee touted his administration's efforts to adopt the nation's best climate policies.For further information on this topic please contact Kenneth J Markowitz, Stacey H Mitchell, Dario J Frommer or Christopher A Treanor at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP by telephone (+1 202 887 4000) or email ([email protected], [email protected], [email protected] or [email protected]). The Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP website can be accessed at www.akingump.com.Leila Fleming, public policy specialist, assisted with the preparation of this article.