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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

by Snell & Wilmer on

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

by Allen Matkins on

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

by Allen Matkins on

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

by Allen Matkins on

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

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

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

by Bracewell LLP on

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

by Perkins Coie on

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

by Allen Matkins on

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

Sustainable Development Update - June 2016 #3

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - A suburban experiment aims for free energy - New York Times - Jun 3 - At first glance, Anthony and Vanessa Genau’s home in a subdivision beneath the San Gabriel Mountains is like...more

The Global Warming Solutions Act Requires MassDEP to Promulgate Declining Annual GHG Emissions Limits for Multiple Sources: ...

On Tuesday, the Supreme Judicial Court ruled that MassDEP had violated the Global Warming Solutions Act by failing "To promulgate regulations that address multiple sources or categories of sources of greenhouse gas emissions,...more

EPA Methane Rules Are Coming

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

“Remember, I can do anything to anybody”, deranged and murderous Roman emperor Caligula to his grandmother (Julia, widow of Tiberius and herself no stranger to things done to other people as and when they pleased)....more

Obama Administration Suffers Environmental Setback

by Burr & Forman on

On February 9, 2016, the United States Supreme Court dealt the Obama administration a setback when it temporarily blocked the Obama administration’s efforts to regulate emissions from coal-fired power plants in its attempt to...more

French perspectives of COP 21

by Dentons on

France considers the agreement that will result from COP 21 in Paris as an essential part of the fight against the climate change. The French state attaches a particular importance to this agreement by reiterating several...more

Climate Change: Nations United-Nations Divided?

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The third global summit on climate change has begun its meetings in Paris. Unlike the two previous summits, in Kyoto (1997) and Copenhagen (2009), there is optimism that an agreement under the auspices of the United Nations...more

Climate Change and Creative Problem Solving

by Burr & Forman on

A story in the New York Times recently portrays the ice cap in Greenland as rapidly disappearing. (NYT). Indeed, the pictures are dramatic. The story is based on experiences and observations from scientists working in the...more

California Mandatory Nonresidential Building Energy Use Disclosures Revisited

by Locke Lord LLP on

The goal of the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in California by 2020 to the emission levels of 1990. At the time of enactment California was the second largest greenhouse...more

Energy & Environment Update - September 2015 #3

Energy and Climate Debate - Congressional activities are abbreviated this week, with the observance of Yom Kippur and Pope Francis’ visit to the United States. Pope Francis will address a joint session of Congress...more

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