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William Sloan

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California Greenhouse Gas Mandates Keep Coming— Governor Orders 40 Percent Reductions Below 1990 Levels by 2030

On April 29, 2015, California’s Governor Jerry Brown issued an executive order to set a new interim target for reducing the state’s emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs) to 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030. In March 2015,...more

5/1/2015 - CARB Energy Policy Energy Sector Executive Orders Global Warming Solutions Act Greenhouse Gas Emissions Jerry Brown

Is California Really Going to Mandate an 80% Reduction in Greenhouse Gases Below 1990 Levels by 2050?

The California Supreme Court has elevated the stakes even further on what has already developed into a critically important question for the future of greenhouse gas (GHG) regulation in the state. On March 11, 2015, the...more

3/18/2015 - CA Supreme Court CEQA Environmental Impact Report Environmental Policies Greenhouse Gas Emissions Infrastructure National Parks

Supreme Court Rules Out Clean Air Act Permits for Stationary Sources Based on Greenhouse Gas Emissions…Unless You Are Getting a...

Today, a divided Supreme Court issued a highly anticipated Clean Air Act (the “Act”) decision in Utility Air Regulatory Group v. EPA. In an opinion authored by Justice Scalia, the Court rejected EPA’s application of the Act...more

6/24/2014 - BACT Clean Air Act Climate Change Environmental Policies EPA EPA v Utility Air Regulatory Group Greenhouse Gas Emissions Permits Power Plants SCOTUS Title V Utilities Sector

California’s Cap-and-Trade Auction Is Not a Tax: Court Decides “Close Question”

In a twin set of wins for the state, two lawsuits challenging California’s flagship cap-and-trade auction system first implemented in November 2012 were rejected by Sacramento Superior Court Judge Timothy Frawley this...more

11/18/2013 - Cap-and-Trade Carbon Emissions Environmental Policies Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Picking Up Steam? CARB Reports that California’s Second Carbon Auction Exceeds Price Expectations

California’s second auction of greenhouse gas (GHG) allowances exceeded expectations, with allowances clearing above both the reserve price and the price predicted by leading market analysts. All of the 12.9 million...more

2/26/2013 - CARB CARB Allowances Carbon Auctions Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Court Rejects Challenge to California’s Cap-and-Trade Carbon Offset Program

On January 25, 2013, a California state court rejected a challenge to an important component of California’s cap-and-trade scheme, its emission offset program. In the first legal decision regarding the program since its...more

1/31/2013 - Cap-and-Trade CARB Climate Change Forest Protocol Greenhouse Gas Emissions Livestock Protocol Set Off

CARB Restates Its Cap-and-Trade Auction Results

Last week the California Air Resources Board (CARB) issued an update to its November 19, 2012 report summarizing the results of the State of California’s first auction of greenhouse gas emissions allowances. The results in...more

12/11/2012 - California Air Resources Board Cap-and-Trade Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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