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Some Will Always Have Paris: Withdrawal from the Climate Change Accord May Not Reduce the Heat on the Health Care Industry

President Trump’s decision earlier this month to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement—an international, nonbinding agreement to take steps to limit global temperature rise—followed a series of moves at the...more

California Holds Fast to GHG Reduction in the Face of the Trump Administration

The inauguration of Donald J. Trump as the 45th President of the United States on January 20, 2017, brought with it levels of angst and concern not felt for some time within the environmental community. While some welcome the...more

U.S. States, Cities, & Corporations Unite to Uphold Paris Climate Accord

On June 1st, 2017, President Trump announced that the United States would withdraw from the landmark Paris climate accord, sparking serious concern about the future of global efforts to mitigate climate change. In response,...more

Senate “MA Clean Energy Future Tour” Continues Across the Commonwealth

The Massachusetts Senate Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change is hosting hearings across the Commonwealth to gather input on clean energy and climate change. Launched by Senate President Pro Tempore Marc R. Pacheco...more

Renewable Energy Update - June 2017

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Trump quits the Paris climate accord, denouncing it as a violation of U.S. sovereignty - Los Angeles Times - Jun 1 - The U.S. will pull out of the Paris accord on global warming, President Trump announced Thursday....more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - June 2017

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - Defying Trump, California forms climate alliance with two states - San Francisco Chronicle - Jun 1 - Moving quickly to fill a climate leadership vacuum opened by President Trump,...more

US Withdrawal from the Paris Agreement: Impact and Next Steps

by White & Case LLP on

President Trump's announcement that he would withdraw the United States from the landmark Paris climate agreement is a setback to multi-country efforts to address global environmental issues. Within the United States, state...more

Sea Change? What Does Trump’s Decision on the Paris Agreement Mean?

This week, President Trump announced his decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement, describing it as “disadvantaging the United States” and indicating that the United States will “cease implementation”...more

SINKING CITIES: Not Just at Sea Level Anymore

by Zelle LLP on

When the Mexica people founded the city of Tenochtitlan in the fourteenth century, they built it on an island in the center of an inland lake in the fertile Valley of Mexico. Over seven centuries, the population of the city –...more

California Court of Appeal Strikes Down CARB's Second Review of Low Carbon Fuel Standards - Decision Keeps LCFS Regulations in...

by Holland & Knight LLP on

POET, LLC v. State Air Resources Board (POET II) is the second chapter in the California Air Resources Board's (CARB) troubled history meeting its California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) compliance obligations while also...more

U.S. Senate Confirms Scott Pruitt as EPA Chief, Signaling Conservative Re-Imagining of EPA’s Role in Society and Government

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On February 17, 2017, the U.S. Senate confirmed President Trump’s nominee Scott Pruitt as the new administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Senate confirmation followed weeks of partisan and public attacks...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - January 2017 #4

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Environmental and Policy Focus - As Trump enters White House, California renews climate change fight - Reuters - Jan 20 - California released new measures to fight climate change within minutes of Donald...more

Renewable Energy Update - January 2017 #3

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus - Study reports climate policies provide $13 billion in economic benefits to San Joaquin Valley - Los Angeles Times - Jan 18 - As California lawmakers prepare for another round of...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - January 2017

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Environmental and Policy Focus - Banning Ranch's future again in limbo as California's high court evaluates propriety of development approval - OC Register - Jan 4 - The future of Banning Ranch, a...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - December 2016 #2

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Environmental and Policy Focus - Trump picks Scott Pruitt to lead EPA - New York Times - Dec 7 - President-elect Donald J. Trump has selected Scott Pruitt, the Oklahoma attorney general and a close ally...more

Endangered Fish v. Humans: The Fight Over Competing Water Needs

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The struggle to allocate scarce water resources between endangered and threatened fish and humans is not new. But droughts in the Southwest, which lower stream flows, and population increases, which raise demand, have...more

197 Nations Agree to Limit Hydrofluorocarbon Emissions

On October 15, 2016 in Kigali, Rwanda the majority of the world’s developed and developing countries executed a binding agreement to reduce emissions of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), a greenhouse gas that is emitted by air...more

What a Surprise! Increased Renewal Energy Decreases GHG Emissions.

On October 12, 2016, the Energy Information Administration reported that “Energy-related CO2 emissions for first six months of 2016 are lowest since 1991.” The EIA gave three reasons for the drop in CO2 emissions. ...more

EPA Advances Climate Goals by Expanding Refrigerant Regulations

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On September 26, 2016, EPA released a Final Rule updating the Agency’s Refrigerant Management Program... ..The Final Rule is scheduled to become effective January 1, 2017 and, for the first time, expands the requirements...more

California’s New Climate Change Laws Tighten Limits on GHG, Increase Legislative Oversight of CARB

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California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law last week two controversial anti-climate change bills that will tighten greenhouse gas (GHG) limits by 40% and increase legislative supervision of the California Air Resources...more

Renewable Energy Update - September 2016 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus - California becomes a global laboratory in fight against climate change - Los Angeles Times - Sep 8 - California will become a petri dish for international efforts to slow global warming...more

California Moves Forward With Aggressive Greenhouse Gas Emission Targets – Governor Brown Signs Into Law SB 32 and AB 197

On September 8, California's Governor Brown signed companion bills from the Senate and Assembly, Senate Bill 32 (SB 32) and Assembly Bill 197 (AB 197), continuing California on a path to cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions –...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - September 2016 #2

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Environmental and Policy Focus - Governor Brown signs into law two landmark climate bills - San Francisco Chronicle - Sep 8 - Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday signed SB32, the nation’s toughest climate law,...more

Massachusetts Church Alleges Solar Panel Denial Violates Religious Freedom

A Massachusetts Superior Court is soon to consider the interplay of three important planning principles – historic preservation, sustainable development, and freedom of religion. A Unitarian Universalist church is suing the...more

I Have Seen the Future and It Is Hot and Wet

The City of Boston has just released its “Climate Projections Consensus.” It’s not a pretty picture. Here are the lowlights...more

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