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Senate Bill Proposes Major Market-Based Remodel of Cap-and-Trade Program

by Stoel Rives LLP on

California’s cap-and-trade program withstood a battle in court, and now the Legislature is proposing changes to the controversial program. Senator Bob Wieckowski (Democrat – District 10), Chair of the Environmental Quality...more

Environmental Notes - May 2017

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The Clean Power Plan (“CPP”), and its companion new source review rule, is the Obama Administration’s signature regulation on reducing greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. Among other things, it requires states to put...more

Trump Orders Federal Agencies to Reconsider Energy and Climate Change Initiatives

by Williams Mullen on

President Trump signed an executive order on March 28, 2017 that will have a significant impact on existing energy and environmental policies and regulations. Entitled “Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth,” the...more

Bye-Bye Clean Power Plan

by Williams Mullen on

The Clean Power Plan (“CPP”), and its companion new source review rule, is the Obama Administration’s signature regulation on reducing greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. Among other things, it requires states to put...more

Window on Washington - This Week in the Nation's Capital - May 12, 2017 Vol. 1, Issue 8

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Budget/Appropriations - FY 2018 Starts Now: Congress is set to begin work on next year’s spending bills close on the heels of President Donald Trump signing the omnibus spending package, which brought fiscal year 2017 to...more

Higher Temperatures, Rising Water Levels and Preparing for a Sea Change in Real Estate

Climatologists predict that sea levels will continue to rise in the coming years and that temperatures will increase, causing the frequency and intensity of hurricane-like storms to grow. These scenarios present challenges...more

Will There Be a Trial on Climate Change Public Trust Claims? It’s Looking that Way.

Last November, the District Court of Oregon denied the motion of the United States to dismiss claims that the United States had violated a public trust obligation it owes to US citizens to protect the atmosphere from climate...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - April 2017 #4

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - Trump signs executive order to expand drilling off America’s coasts - Washington Post - Apr 28 - President Trump signed an executive order Friday that aims to expand offshore...more

A Hodgepodge of Action and Thought on Climate Change

by Burr & Forman on

While the Trump Administration has taken steps to dismantle or revise many of the Obama Administration’s actions regarding climate change, there are conflicting opinions within the Administration and key businesses about the...more

Energy Technology Connections Newsletter: Your Law Firm Link to Industry News - April 2017

by Mintz Levin on

A Note from the Editors - Our April edition of Energy Technology Connections brings you recent industry highlights and features a list of upcoming energy industry events throughout the nation. To learn about MIT’s latest...more

Manhattan March for Science

The March for Science in Manhattan was smaller than the January 2017 Women’s March in Washington, but large enough that the “entry point” for us was changed from 62nd Street to 64th and then to 68th Street as we moved up...more

South Florida — The Front Lines of Climate Change?

Two related items about climate change resilience and adaptation caught my eye this week. First, the American Academy of Actuaries issued a report on “The National Flood Insurance Program: Challenges and Solutions.” Those...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

New FCC Chair Ajit Pai is wasting little time in reversing Obama-era regulatory efforts meant to restrict media firms and telecomm companies, and he’s got his sights set on net neutrality next....more

Environmental and Energy Policy Round-Up: Status of Regulations and Key Decisions under the New Administration

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

There has been much discussion lately regarding the new Administration’s efforts to review and possibly “roll-back” several environmental and energy-related regulations issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the...more

Climate Regulation in California: A State of Constant Change

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

Climate change regulation in California is in the midst of transformation. Last year, the Legislature voted to enact SB 32, extending California’s greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction targets, which were set to expire in 2020,...more

Window on Washington - This Week in the Nation's Capital - Vol. 1, Issue 4

by Clark Hill PLC on

Budget Battles: Amid a recess, lawmakers will miss the April 15 target date for adopting a federal budget outline for the second year in a row. While there are no penalties for missing the April 15 date, a slow start for...more

President Trump’s Executive Order Withdraws the Social Cost of Carbon

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

On March 28, 2017 President Trump issued an executive order that seeks to completely reverse the Obama Administration’s climate policies. Executive Order 13783, Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth signals a...more

A Closer Look at President Trump's Executive Order on Energy Independence

by Holland & Knight LLP on

President Donald Trump's Executive Order (EO) entitled "Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth" is a broad directive accomplishing a number of the Trump Administration's energy-related priorities....more

Pulling The Plug On The Clean Power Plan

by Bryan Cave on

On March 28th President Trump signed the Executive Order on Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth (the “Executive Order”) signaling a sea change in the way that the executive branch will regulate industries and...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - April 2017

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - Appeals court upholds California’s cap-and-trade system - Sacramento Bee - Apr 6 - A state appeals court handed a major victory to California’s signature climate-change program on...more

CARB Wins Again on Cap-and-Trade, But Is It Really in Any Danger of Losing?

by Stoel Rives LLP on

As the sands shift on federal climate change policy, California’s cap-and-trade program survives to fight another day. Yesterday, a California Court of Appeal upheld the program because it does not impose a tax subject to...more

UPDATE: California’s Cap-and-Trade Program Upheld by the California Court of Appeal

by K&L Gates LLP on

Just yesterday, we issued an alert that discussed among other things the uncertainty surrounding California’s cap-and-trade program under Assembly Bill 32 (“AB 32”). Today, that uncertainty has been lessened considerably,...more

GHG Allowance Auctions are Not a Tax; Key Element of State’s Cap-and-Trade Program Upheld

California Chamber of Commerce, et al. v. California Air Resources Board, et al., Case No. C075930 (Cal. Ct. App. 3d. Dist., 2017). On April 6, the California Court of Appeal for the Third District issued its...more

Green Bonds – An Introduction

by White & Case LLP on

Since their introduction in 2007, Green Bonds issuances have exponentially increased in volume and have become part of the lexicon of environmental finance. Simply defined, Green Bonds raise funds for new and existing...more

California Court of Appeal Upholds Cap-and-Trade Program

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

On Thursday, April 06, 2017, California’s Court of Appeal for the Third Appellate District upheld California’s Cap-and-Trade Program, the cornerstone of California’s climate change policy, by a 2-1 vote. In the case,...more

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