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Energy And Environment Update -- February 24, 2014

In This Issue: Energy and Climate Debate; Congress; Administration; Department of Commerce; Department of Energy; Department of Interior; Department of State; Department of Transportation; Environmental Protection...more

Support for #KeystoneXL Continues to Grow

Ken Salazar, President Obama's former Secretary of the Interior, today added his support with conditions to the construction of the proposed, $7 billion Keystone XL Pipeline. He called the pipeline a "win-win" but suggested...more

State Department Paves Way for Keystone XL Pipeline Approval

On Friday, State Department officials released the final environmental impact statement for TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline, concluding that the project would not substantially increase carbon emissions, and clearing the...more

Infrastructure Alert - January 30, 2014

In Tuesday’s State of the Union address, President Obama urged Congress to pass a reauthorization for the Water Resources Development Act. President Obama also called for corporate tax reform as a method to finance...more

FHWA and FTA Issue New Guidance On MAP-21 Exclusions

On July 6, 2012 President Obama signed into law MAP-21, which, among other things, contained new National Environmental Policy Act ("NEPA") requirements for the Federal Transit Administration ("FTA") and Federal Highway...more

Weekly Recap – Election News and Trends January 20, 2014

Below is a recap of last week’s election law news and hot topics. The hot topic this week is a new bill to amend the Federal Voting Rights Act of 1965, which is in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s controversial ruling in...more

Capital Thinking: Environment

Legislative Activity - Flood Repairs in Colorado - The short-term continuing resolution (CR) passed by Congress will allow “the U.S. Secretary of Transportation to use up to $450 million of funds previously...more

TIFIA Joint Program Office to Move?

In addition to taking testimony from public agency project sponsors and industry leaders during the July 24, 2013 oversight hearing on TIFIA conducted by the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, the Committee...more

Infrastructure Alert - July 24, 2013

Tomorrow, President Obama will deliver a speech at the Jacksonville Port Authority....more

Infrastructure Alert - July 10, 2013

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) has released a Waterborne Freight Transportation report....more

Energy And Environment Update -- May 20, 2013

In This Issue: Energy & Climate Debate; Congress; Administration; Department of Commerce; Department of Energy; Department of Interior; Department of State; Department of Transportation; Environmental Protection...more

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - May 9, 2013

Environmental and Policy Focus - Gov. Brown joins move to rewrite California's Prop. 65 - The Sacramento Bee - May 7: Gov. Jerry Brown is throwing his weight behind a push to update Proposition 65, California's defense...more

Government Relations And Lobbying Insight - 2013 Minnesota Legislative Session: A Summary Of What's Happened, A Preview Of What's...

The Minnesota Legislature reconvened this past Tuesday after a weeklong break. Committees have taken to task assembling omnibus bills to meet the third committee deadline of April 19. This deadline was set in January for...more

Infrastructure Alert - March 26, 2013

This Friday, President Obama will visit the Port of Miami. On July 19, 2012, President Obama put the Port of Miami on his “We Can’t Wait” list of expedited infrastructure projects to instruct the Army Corps of Engineers to...more

Legislative Update Report No. 2013-06 -- Mar 25, 2013

In This Article: Federal Government; Alberta; British Columbia; Manitoba; New Brunswick; Newfoundland; Northwest Territories; Nova Scotia; Nunavut; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Québec/Quebec; Saskatchewan; and Yukon...more

Cabinet Re-Shuffle - A Game of Musical Chairs by George C. Crawford

The announcement that Hilda Solis would be departing as Secretary of Labor added to the list of vacancies of high-level positions in the Administration. Such turnover is nothing new for presidents who have been elected to a...more

Energy And Environment Update -- December 16, 2012

In This Issue: Energy and Climate Debate; Congress; Administration; Department of Agriculture; Department of Commerce; Department of Energy; Department of Interior; Environmental Protection Agency; Federal Energy...more

CEQA Exception For Bike Lanes Nearing The Finish Line

While most attempts to push-through last-minute CEQA reform were parked until next year, one bill, AB 2245, glided through the legislature and now heads to the finish line on Governor Brown’s desk for signature. The bill,...more

After the Highway Bill, What Does the Future Hold for the Keystone Pipeline and Coal Ash Legislation? By William Clarkson

On Friday, June 29th, Congress passed a comprehensive 27-month transportation bill after weeks of feverish negotiations among the bill's House and Senate conferees. A number of contentious issues had to be resolved before the...more

Capital Thinking Update - July 9, 2012

In This Issue: - General Legislative - Agriculture - Budget, Approrpriations - Cybersecurity - Education - Energy - Environment - Financial Services - International, Defense, Homeland Security -...more

Capital Thinking Update - March 12, 2012

In This Issue: General Legislative - On Monday, March 12, the House will observe a constituent work week where members tend to their districts. The Senate will convene at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, March 12, for a period of...more

Pennsylvania House Republicans Propose Shale Initiative, Greater Use of Natural Gas

The establishment of natural-gas stations along the Pennsylvania Turnpike and other incentives to increase the consumption of natural gas in Pennsylvania are being advocated by the state house Republican caucus as the...more

California’s New Water Legislation: A Bucket of Reform or But a Drop?

In 2007, Governor Schwarzenegger commissioned the Delta Vision Task Force and directed it to come up with strategies to sustainably manage the Sacramento-San Joaquin inland Delta. The Task Force’s efforts culminated with a...more

Federal Clean Energy Policy Summaries: Key Updates from the Past Few Weeks

Energy and Climate Legislation Senate 9/28/09 Bingaman Hearings May Open Door to Cap-And-Trade Alternatives Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) held an Energy & Natural Resources Senate Committee hearing on climate...more

U.S. EPA Grants California's Request for Waiver to Allow GHG Regulation of Autos, Reversing Bush Administration

In what may be a largely symbolic action, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced that it was reversing the Bush Administration and granted California’s request for a waiver of federal preemption to allow the...more

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