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Climate Action Plan for San Diego County Struck Down Under CEQA by Court of Appeal for Failure to Comply with Requirements for...

On October 29, 2014, the Fourth District Court of Appeal of California upheld the Sierra Club’s challenges to the County of San Diego’s (“County”) approval of a climate action plan (“CAP”) and related significance thresholds...more

EU Leaders Agree On Climate And Energy Policy Framework For 2030

During a summit in Brussels on October 23-24, 2014, European Union (EU) leaders agreed to a blueprint to guide climate and energy policy through 2030. ...more

EPA Comments Suggest Emphasis on Creativity and Internalizing Externalities in Climate Strategy

The American Bar Association's Section of Energy, Environment and Resources held its Fall Conference last week. Noteworthy from a climate perspective were the keynote address by Environmental Protection Agency Administrator...more

Carbon and Climate Continue to Create Controversy

Late last month, President Obama addressed the United Nations Climate Summit and just a few days ahead of that, EPA announced that it has extended the comment period on the Clean Power Plant proposed rule to December 1, 2014....more

EPA Releases New Policy Statement On Climate Change Adaptation

On June 26, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a new Policy Statement on Climate Change Adaptation intended “to help the nation prepare for and respond to the impacts of a changing climate,”...more

The Shale Play Today - May 2014

In This Issue: - Climate Action Plan Breathes New Life into Oil & Gas Air Regulations - Major Natural Gas Power Plant Announcement Indicates Different Uses for Marcellus & Utica Shale Gas - Natural Gas Expanding...more

The President’s Methane Reduction Strategy – Here’s What Energy Companies Need to Know

President Obama recently released a Strategy to Reduce Methane Emissions (Strategy) that sets forth a multi-pronged plan for reducing methane emissions both domestically and globally. Domestically, the plan is to focus on...more

White House Unveils Plan to Curb Methane Emissions

Last week, the White House announced its new plan to cut methane emissions, the tenants of which could have far reaching implications for the oil and gas industry. Titled the “Strategy to Reduce Methane Emissions,” the plan...more

White House Announces Methane Reduction Strategy

On March 28, 2014 the White House announced its Methane Reduction Strategy (“MRS”) containing the broad outlines of a multi-agency strategy to reduce methane emissions from four major sources: the oil and gas industry, cattle...more

Renewable Energy Update -- February 21, 2014

Renewable Energy Focus - San Francisco announces 0-50-100 plan to fight climate change: SustainableBusiness.com - Feb 14 - San Francisco says it is closing in on the goals of its 2004 Climate Action Plan, and the city...more

Obama’s Climate Change Strategy In Supreme Court’s Hands

Two years ago, the Supreme Court upheld the major domestic policy initiative of President Obama’s first term, ruling that the Affordable Care Act passed constitutional muster. This coming June, the Court will determine the...more

ML Strategies’ Weekly Energy and Environment Update – Week of February 3, 2014

President Obama used his annual State of the Union address January 28 to call for a year of action on a broad array of issues, highlighting energy efforts and his climate action plan amongst 12 executive actions he hopes to...more

Energy And Environment Update -- February 4, 2014

In This Issue: Energy and Climate Debate; Congress; Administration; Department of Energy; Department of State; Environmental Protection Agency; Federal Energy Regulatory Commission; International; States; and...more

Governor Patrick Announces Climate Change Preparedness Initiatives: Not Everyone’s On Board

On Tuesday, Governor Patrick announced a series of climate change preparedness initiatives, including about $50 million in funds for a variety of programs. Before summarizing the plan, I’ll note that Massachusetts appears to...more

Governor Brown Outlines Budget Priorities for CalEPA and Natural Resources Agency

Governor Brown released a summary of his proposed 2014-2015 budget this week, including details on proposed environmental protection and natural resources spending. The Governor’s budget provides $3.6 billion in funding for...more

Australian Government Releases Further Details of its Direct Action Plan to Reduce Australian Greenhouse Gas Emissions

The Australian Federal Government (Government) released a Green Paper on Friday 20 December as part of its Direct Action Plan on climate change policy. The Green Paper outlines the Government's preferred design for an...more

2013 Warsaw Climate Change Conference: mobilizing climate finance mechanisms

International climate change negotiations concluded last month in Warsaw at the 19th Conference of the Parties (COP 19) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). DLA Piper lawyers from Europe and...more

The World Energy Outlook Report 2013: A Review of the Recalibration of Global Energy Demand Over the Next 20 Years

The International Energy Agency (IEA) World Energy Outlook Report 2013 (the “Report”), which was published last week, projects that global energy demand is likely to increase by one third by 2035 with low carbon energy...more

COP 19 – Day 9 of the Conference

Tuesday saw the opening ceremony of the high-level segment at COP 19 and CMP 9. As is customary, the curtain raiser began with numerous statements from a variety of heads of state and government ministers....more

2013 Warsaw Climate Change Conference: International negotiations seek to raise ambition to combat climate change

International climate change negotiations are now under way at the 2013 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Warsaw, aiming to lay the groundwork for a new, universal climate change agreement scheduled for adoption in...more

COP 19 – Day 4 of the Conference

Frantic meeting schedules continued at the Conference against the back drop of news that Japan will announce a reduction in its 2020 greenhouse gases (GHGs) emissions target. Japan is expected to announce today that it will...more

The Pacific Coast Action Plan On Climate And Energy – Will It Make A Difference?

Late last month, the Governors of California, Oregon, and Washington joined with the Premier of British Columbia to sign a Pacific Coast Climate Action Plan on Climate and Energy (PCAP). Like its ill-fated predecessor, the...more

ML Strategies Weekly Energy and Environment Update – Week of September 23, 2013

Climate change was the Obama Administration’s message of the week. Leading the news was the Environmental Protection Agency’s New Source Performance Standards announcement. In his Climate Action Plan, President Obama called...more

Leading The Charge On Climate Change

Just as Mary Hatch and George Bailey listened to Sam Wainwright’s “chance of a lifetime offer” in the holiday classic, It’s a Wonderful Life; newly installed EPA Administrator, Gina McCarthy’s Harvard audience listened as she...more

The President’s Climate Action Plan: Its Impact on Moderating Carbon Emissions Through Ecological Conservation

The President’s proposal includes several recommendations for promoting ecological conservation as a tool for sequestering atmospheric carbon while simultaneously providing natural buffers against more intense and frequent...more

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