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Cars make their way toward downtown Los Angeles on Thursday, when President Joe Biden pledged to cut U.S. greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030 . Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Monday signaled its intention to rescind Trump-era policies blocking California from setting its own vehicle carbon emissions rules.

Why it matters: The move would restore California's ability to be an environmental regulator after former President Trump stripped the state of that right.

For the record: The reversal of the rule is part of President Biden's pledge to tackle the climate crisis and will be finalized with public input in the next few months.

  • Trump claimed in 2019 there would be little impact on emissions with the changes, which he said he brought in for costs and jobs reasons.

What they're saying: EPA Administrator Michael Regan said in a statement he's a "firm believer in California's long-standing statutory authority to lead."

  • "The 2019 decision to revoke the state's waiver to enforce its greenhouse gas pollution standards for cars and trucks was legally dubious and an attack on the public’s health and wellbeing," he said.

Go deeper: Making sense of Biden's big emissions promise

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USDA chief: Biden won't cut red meat consumption

Photo: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Monday that President Biden has no plans to cut red meat consumption as part of his efforts to combat climate change, Politico reports.

Why it matters: Conservative lawmakers and pundits had spread baseless claims that Biden's wide-ranging climate action plan includes a proposal to reduce red meat consumption by 90% and limit people to four pounds of red meat per year.

UN warns of "catastrophic" climate change failure without more emissions cuts

UN Secretary-General António Guterres at a news conference. Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

A United Nations report released Friday warned that the planet will likely warm by more than 2.7 degrees Celsius by the end of the century unless governments take extra steps to curb greenhouse gas emissions.

Why it matters: The report, released just months ahead of November's UN Climate Summit, highlights the growing pressure on global leaders to crack down on emissions to avert the worst effects of climate change.

Updated 2 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Pentagon approves request for 100 National Guard troops for "Justice for J6" rally

Security fencing has been reinstalled around the Capitol. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has approved a request from Capitol Police to provide 100 D.C. National Guard troops in case law enforcement requires additional support at Saturday's "Justice for J6" rally at the Capitol.

Why it matters: Security preparations have ramped up ahead of the pro-Trump demonstration, where hundreds of protesters sympathetic to the Jan. 6 Capitol attack are expected to gather.