Chris Carr

Chris Carr

Morrison & Foerster LLP

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Energy Policy In The Trump Era: Part 2

Presidential elections matter. President-elect Donald Trump has pledged to drastically change the federal government’s role and policies in relation to energy, the environment and climate change. Reducing regulation...more

12/7/2016 - Clean Power Plan Climate Change DOE Donald Trump Energy Policy Paris Agreement Presidential Elections Trump Administration

Energy Policy In The Trump Era: Part 1

Presidential elections matter. President-elect Donald Trump has pledged to drastically change the federal government’s role and policies in relation to energy, the environment and climate change. Reducing regulation...more

12/6/2016 - Clean Energy Climate Change Coal Industry Donald Trump Energy Policy Energy Sector Oil & Gas Popular Presidential Elections Renewable Energy Trump Administration

Fuel Economy and Greenhouse Gas Emission Standards for Automobiles: EPA Announces That No Adjustments to the Standards for Model...

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or Agency) yesterday announced its proposed determination that greenhouse gas (GHG) emission standards for light-duty vehicles (LDVs) manufactured in model years (MYs)...more

12/2/2016 - Auto Manufacturers Clean Tech EPA Greenhouse Gas Emissions NHTSA Renewable Energy

Trump Administration Expected to Change Emphasis on Energy Sources and Seek to Reverse or Limit Many Environmental and Climate...

Presidential elections matter. President-elect Donald Trump has pledged to drastically change the federal government’s role and policies in relation to energy, the environment, and climate change. Reducing regulation was...more

11/29/2016 - Clean Energy Clean Power Plan Climate Change Coal Donald Trump Energy Reform Energy Sector Environmental Policies Natural Gas Oil & Gas Paris Agreement Presidential Elections Renewable Energy Trump Administration

California Supreme Court Rejects "New Project" Test In High Profile CEQA Suit

“Enough already!” Reading between the lines, this is what a seemingly exasperated California Supreme Court appears to be saying in its latest California Environmental Quality Act (“CEQA”) decision?Friends of the College of...more

9/27/2016 - Appeals CEQA Community Colleges Construction Project De Novo Standard of Review Environmental Impact Report (EIR) Project Modification Standard of Review Substantial Evidence Standard

Drones: FAA Issues Long-Awaited Final Rule for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems

On Tuesday, June 21, the Federal Aviation Administration issued Part 107, the Final Rule for Operation and Certification of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). The Rule comes sixteen months after the FAA issued its Notice...more

6/24/2016 - Aircraft Commercial Use Drones Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Section 333 Exemption Unmanned Aircraft Systems Waivers

CEQA Doesn’t Operate in “Reverse” (Usually)

It’s not quite Star Wars, but in the world of land use, this counts as a blockbuster. The California Supreme Court has decided unanimously that the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) generally does not require...more

12/24/2015 - Air Pollution Bay Area Air Quality Management District California Building Industry Association (CBIA) CEQA Housing Developers Real Estate Development

FAA Announces Drone Registration, but Legal Challenges Loom

[Note: In light of the FAA’s announcement of the drone registry, we’ve revisited our recent analysis of its authority to require registration.] On December 14, 2015, the FAA issued the much-anticipated “Registration and...more

12/22/2015 - Administrative Procedure Act Airspace Drones Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Interim Rule Registration Requirement Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Paris Agreement on Climate Change Boosts Clean Energy Innovation and Finance

On December 12, 2015, 195 countries came together in Paris to adopt a landmark climate change deal. The Paris Agreement creates, for the first time, a long-term global framework that commits nearly every country to reducing...more

12/22/2015 - Clean Energy Clean Power Plan Climate Change Financing Greenhouse Gas Emissions Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDC) Paris Agreement

Task Force Makes Drone Registration Recommendations Expected to Be Adopted by the FAA, But on What Authority?

On November 21, 2015, the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Registration Task Force Aviation Rulemaking Committee, chartered by the FAA, issued its Final Report to the FAA containing the Task Force’s recommendations for how the FAA...more

12/3/2015 - Administrative Procedure Act Drones Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Notice and Comment Registration Requirement Unmanned Aircraft Systems

The FAA (Re)Acts: Drone Registration, a Federal Task Force, and Hefty Fines

On October 19, 2015, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Michael Huerta announced a plan to require unmanned aircraft vehicle (UAV or “drone”) users to register...more

11/4/2015 - Airspace Comment Period Drones Enforcement Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Fines Public Safety Registration Requirement Retroactivity Rulemaking Process Task Force Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Friendly Skies in California After Governor Brown Vetoes Drone Restrictions, Federal Response Uncertain

Iconic California tech companies are helping to pioneer the drone revolution. For over a year, Google’s advanced-research arm, Google X, has been testing its Project Wing aircraft in cooperation with NASA, moving ever-closer...more

10/17/2015 - Airspace Amazon Drones Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Google Governor Brown Governor Vetoes Invasion of Privacy Preemption Private Property Surveillance Unmanned Aircraft Systems

The Clean Power Plan's Winners And Losers

Citing “immediate risks” to national security, public health and the economy, the Obama administration adopted ambitious regulations and policies to implement its Clean Power Plan, establishing the first national standards to...more

8/20/2015 - Barack Obama Clean Air Act Clean Energy Clean Power Plan EPA Greenhouse Gas Emissions Oil & Gas Power Plants

Obama Administration Adopts Landmark Clean Power Plan

Citing “immediate risks” to national security, public health, and the economy, the Obama Administration adopted ambitious regulations and policies to implement its Clean Power Plan, establishing the first ever national...more

8/6/2015 - Carbon Emissions Clean Air Act Clean Energy Clean Power Plan Climate Change Coal-Fired Generation DOE Emissions Trading System Energy Efficiency EPA FERC Final Rules Greenhouse Gas Emissions National Emissions Standards Natural Gas Obama Administration Power Plants Reliability Standards Renewable Energy Solar Energy Wind Power

Drones: FAA Announces Pathfinder Program to Explore BVLOS and Urban Drone Operations

The FAA’s regulatory actions on unmanned aircraft systems (“UAS”) are accelerating, making it more important than ever for those in the industry—and those looking to use this technology in their own sectors—to keep their eyes...more

5/28/2015 - Agricultural Land Amazon Drones Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Media NPRM Section 333 Exemption Unmanned Aircraft Systems

It’s Not Unusual: California Supreme Court Declines to Expand “Unusual Circumstances” Exception to CEQA Categorical Exemptions

In an important and highly anticipated decision under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the California Supreme Court overturned a Court of Appeal’s decision that would have severely limited public agencies’...more

3/8/2015 - Appeals Berkeley Hillside v City of Berkeley CA Supreme Court Categorical Exemptions CEQA Environmental Impact Report (EIR) Exemptions Reversal

The Small Drones Rule: FAA Takes a Step in the Right Direction

Over the weekend of Feb. 14, the FAA issued a much-anticipated Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) for small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)—i.e., drones weighing less than 55 pounds. The oft-delayed NPRM comes three years...more

2/20/2015 - Aviation Industry Drones Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Unmanned Aircraft Systems

May State and Local Governments Control Low-Flying Drones?

Most of the attention paid to drones has focused on issues of aviation and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) authority. Yet much of the impact of low-flying drones will fall, not on the national air transportation system,...more

12/6/2014 - Drones Federal Aviation Act Local Ordinance Preemption Privacy Laws Regulatory Agenda State and Local Government

Huerta v. Pirker—NTSB Says No More “Gray Area” for Drone Operations

Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) have operated within an uncertain legal framework while players across a rapidly growing range of commercial industries — from energy to rail transport to forestry to all types of...more

11/21/2014 - Aircraft Commercial Use Drones Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) NTSB Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Drones: Why You Should Start Thinking Now About the Anticipated UAS Regulations

With drone technology rapidly advancing and the FAA recently starting to open the door to commercial drone use, companies across industries should begin evaluating how drones can add value to their businesses, if they have...more

10/24/2014 - Commercial Use Drones Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) NPRM Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Drones: The FAA Grants Hollywood the First Regulatory Exemptions Permitting the Commercial Use of UAS

Yesterday the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) granted six aerial photo and video companies exemptions from FAA regulations that—before now—wholesale banned the use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for commercial...more

10/1/2014 - Commercial Use Drones Entertainment Industry Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Movies Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Take That! Second District Court of Appeal Clears Major Hurdles for Newhall Ranch Project, Provides Guidance on California’s...

California’s Second District Court of Appeal, Division Five, issued a decision on March 20 in Center for Biological Diversity v. Department of Fish & Wildlife (Case No. BS131347), overturning the trial court’s decision...more

4/2/2014 - Endangered Species Endangered Species Act (ESA) Environmental Impact Report (EIR) Environmental Policies ESA Listings

They’re Back? First District Court of Appeal Paves the Way for Possible Reinstatement of Controversial Air Quality Thresholds

California’s First District Court of Appeal issued a decision on August 13 in California Building Industry Association v. Bay Area Air Quality Management District (“CBIA”) (Case No. A135335 (Cal. Ct. App. 1st, August 13,...more

8/20/2013 - Air Quality Standards CEQA Environmental Impact Report (EIR) Greenhouse Gas Emissions Land Developers

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