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Clean Power Plan's Future in Jeopardy Under Trump

During his campaign, President-Elect Donald Trump vowed to scrap President Obama's Clean Power Plan (CPP) rule. The CPP is the cornerstone of President Obama's environmental legacy. The rule establishes the first national...more

President-Elect Nominates Oklahoma Attorney General to Head EPA

On December 8, 2016, President-Elect Donald Trump confirmed his intention to nominate Oklahoma Attorney General (AG) E. Scott Pruitt to head the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Rumors about Mr. Pruitt’s...more

Forecast for Energy and Environment Regulations

President-Elect Donald Trump has promised to bring back jobs in the coal industry and reduce regulations that could inhibit economic growth. His transition team has already begun arriving at federal agencies to review the...more

WilmerHale ENsights - December 2016

Welcome to the inaugural issue of WilmerHale ENsights. In this and future editions, we will share weekly energy policy analysis on President-elect Donald Trump’s transition and the priorities of the new Congress. Our...more

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

Biodiversity reforms debated in NSW Parliament

The biodiversity reform package contains both contentious and long awaited reforms to the threatened species and native vegetation regimes. Dentons provides a snapshot of some of the key reforms currently being debated in the...more

Did Trump’s Election Increase the Odds of NPDES Delegation in Massachusetts? I Sure Hope So.

As I noted last spring, the Baker administration had filed legislation to support NPDES delegation to Massachusetts. At the time, I supported the delegation effort and pleaded with my friends in the environmental community...more

Is There Practical Evidence of Climate Change?

A recent article in The New York Times titled: Perils of Climate Change Could Swamp Coast Real Estate, indicates that rising seas and storm-related flooding in Florida appear to be driven by climate change and may be having...more

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

Heightened Focus on Renewable Fuel Standard Enforcement Increases Compliance Challenges

As the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program continues to evolve and mature, so too does the manner in which the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or the Agency) seeks to drive day-to-day compliance by the regulated...more

Early Views on the US Energy and Infrastructure Sectors Under a Trump Administration

Energy and infrastructure policy was as at the forefront of the presidential election discussion and has continued to be highlighted as a focus for the Trump administration. Here, we take an early look at how a Trump...more

Sustainable Development Update - December 2016

Sustainable Development Focus - U.S. voters approve billions for transit and green space - Urban Land - Dec 1 - In November, voters across the U.S. endorsed numerous state and local ballot measures...more

Policy Predictions: How will Trump's 100-Day Plan Affect U.S. Energy Industry?

The American landscape is littered with failed prognostications about what new Presidential administrations would or would not ? and could or could not ? accomplish. Every new President faces the challenge of transforming...more

Autumn Statement – Greening Public Finance

The Autumn Statement (the Statement) highlighted sustainability of public finance as key to securing a strong and stable economy for the UK. The need to prioritise longer-term sustainability schemes over short-term economic...more

EPA Surrenders in the Regional Haze Dispute With Texas

As I noted when the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals stayed EPA’s disapproval of Texas’s regional haze plan, EPA had pretty much no chance of winning. Although the parties then stayed the litigation to talk settlement, EPA...more

Projecting the Future: Court Upholds Listing for Bearded Seals - Ninth Circuit Decision Based on Projections of Climate Change...

In Alaska Oil & Gas Ass'n v. Pritzker, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently upheld a rule listing two species of seals as "threatened" under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) based on climate change...more

What the Trump Presidency Means for the Environment

To the victor belong the spoils, and President-elect Donald Trump’s victory in the presidential election (get used to it) and Republican Congressional control will significantly impact environmental programs and priorities...more

ICYMI: Energy & Environmental News Roundup

Oil & Gas - Oil Discovery in West Texas May Be Biggest Ever in USA - The US Geological Survey says a new survey shows an oilfield in west Texas dwarfs others found so far in the United States. The Midland Basin of...more

Energy Technology Connections Newsletter: Your Law Firm Link to Industry News - November 2016

A Note from the Editors - Our November edition of Energy Technology Connections brings you recent industry highlights and features a list of upcoming energy industry events throughout the nation. In Leaders in the News,...more

Undoing the Clean Power Plan

The election of Donald J. Trump as the next President of the United States appears to have dealt certain defeat for the Obama Climate Action Plan. Central to that effort was the Clean Power Plan, finalized by the U.S....more

EPA Rulemaking in the Trump Administration

Mr. Trump made cutting regulations a central promise of his campaign. At one point he suggested 70% of federal regulations could be eliminated. Although his staff quickly walked that number back, there is little doubt that...more

California Plastic Bag Ban Survives Ballot Referendum - Retail Did You Know?

Dear Retail Clients and Friends, California voters recently approved a statewide proposition banning certain plastic single-use bags. This edition of Morgan Lewis Retail Did You Know? describes the new requirements in...more

Five on Friday – Special Post-Election Edition

It’s Friday and time for an overview of developments in the field of business and human rights that we’ve been monitoring. This week’s post is focused entirely on responses to the recent election of Donald Trump as the next...more

Energy Sector Alert Series: Energy and Environmental Policy Under President Trump

This is the final alert in an eight-week series that provided a broad look at current and emerging issues facing the energy sector. Lawyers from across the firm have addressed issues ranging from cybersecurity, antitrust and...more

Impact of Trump Presidency on Renewable Energy Incentives Remains Uncertain

Last week's election, surprising many with Republican control of the political branches of the federal government, has led to significant uncertainty throughout the private and public sectors. The renewable energy industry...more

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