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Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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

UAI Challenges CRC Study On Vehicular Emissions

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On March 29, 2017, the Urban Air Initiative (UAI) released a statement claiming that the Coordinating Research Council’s (CRC) study on fuel emissions was biased and flawed. According to UAI, the match blending of test fuels...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - April 2017 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - D.C. Circuit grants EPA’s request to delay 2015 smog rule case - Washington Post - Apr 11 - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Tuesday granted a...more

CA Court of Appeal’s Split Decision Upholds CARB Cap-and-Trade Program

by Perkins Coie on

In a 2-1 decision, the California Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District, upheld the California Air Resource Board’s cap-and-trade program for greenhouse gas allowances. California Chamber of Commerce v. State Air...more

CARB Violated CEQA and Writ in LCFS Litigation, Holds Fifth District, While Leaving New 2015 Regs in Effect

by Miller Starr Regalia on

In a detailed 66-page published opinion filed April 10, 2017, the Fifth District Court of Appeal reversed the trial court’s order discharging a writ of mandate that was issued to compel the California Air Resources Board...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

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

California Court of Appeals Upholds California’s Cap-and-Trade Program

by Stoel Rives LLP on

On Thursday, a 2-1 decision by the Third District Court of Appeal in Sacramento upheld California’s program to reduce carbon emissions. California’s controversial and signature cap-and-trade program creates a firm limit on...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

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

The Future of California’s Landmark Cap-and-Trade Program is Uncertain

by K&L Gates LLP on

This is the final installment in a three-part series examining carbon policies along the West Coast. In California, legislators are debating the future of its cap-and-trade program beyond 2020, the state is defending...more

Executive Order Seeks Sweeping Reversal of Climate Change Policies to Favor U.S. Energy Production

by Perkins Coie on

President Donald Trump recently signed Executive Order 13783, an omnibus executive order aimed at reducing burdens on further development of domestic energy resources, with “particular attention” to oil, natural gas, coal and...more

President Trump Takes First Step on Long Road to Roll Back Climate Rules

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Recent executive order seeks broad repeal of Obama administration climate policies, including actions directed at the electric power sector. On March 28, 2017, President Donald Trump signed a “Presidential Executive...more

Ontario’s First Cap-and-Trade Auction Sells 100 Per Cent of 2017 Allowances

The Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) held the first auction of greenhouse gas (GHG) allowances on March 22, 2017 and published the auction’s results on April 3, 2017. All 2017 allowances were...more

Latin American Environmental Regulatory Tracker

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

This month, Latin American countries sustain their pace issuing progressive environmental measures, and the Region continues to emerge as a global leader on sustainability issues. Product recycling requirements matured...more

News From the Vermont Statehouse - An Analysis from DRM’s Government & Public Affairs Team - March 2017 #3

Paid Family Leave Could Be Costly - The House Committee on Ways and Means took up H.196, the Paid Family Leave bill this week after it passed out of the House Committee on General, Housing and Military Affairs over...more

Administration's Executive Order on Climate and Energy Is Controversial, and May Shift Action to States

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On March 28, 2017, President Trump issued an “Executive Order on Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth” (E.O.) that takes aim at a broad range of federal climate and energy programs and regulations. The E.O....more

Massachusetts Issues New RFP For Clean Energy Projects; Seeks 9,450,000 MWh Annually

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

Today, the Massachusetts investor-owned electric distribution companies and the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) issued a joint request for proposals (the RFP) for renewable energy generation and renewable...more

Executive Order Directs Federal Agencies to Reconsider Federal Initiatives Focused on Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Climate Change

by K&L Gates LLP on

President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order on March 28, 2017, entitled “Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth” (“Order”), which is designed to prompt reconsideration, and in some cases revocation, of the...more

Sustainable Development Update - March 2017 #4

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - Trump wants to cut programs that help buildings save energy. This new study says they work. Washington Post - Mar 27 New research suggests that programs for improving energy...more

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

by Mintz Levin on

Our March edition of Energy Technology Connections brings you recent industry highlights and features a list of upcoming energy industry events throughout the nation. If you enjoy learning about new technology as much as we...more

Oregon Lawmakers Consider Carbon Pricing Legislation

by K&L Gates LLP on

This is the second installment in the West Coast Carbon Policy Update — Three Part Series, which will examine carbon policies along the West Coast in Washington, Oregon, and California. In 2007, Oregon passed legislation...more

ARB Adopts GHG Emission Standards for Oil and Gas Facilities; Operators Wary of Costs

by Stoel Rives LLP on

On March 23, 2017, the California Air Resources Board (“ARB”) adopted regulations for Greenhouse Gas Emission Standards for Crude Oil and Natural Gas Facilities (“Methane Regulations”). The Methane Regulations impose...more

President Trump Rolls Back Climate Change Policies to Support Domestic Energy

On March 28, 2017, President Trump signed an executive order titled "Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth" that reverses or materially alters many of the actions that the federal government undertook during the...more

Hey, Tree Huggers, Where Are Those Odes to Our Roads of Rail?

by PretiFlaherty on

I’ve been working for the railroad. And not just to pass the time away. No, I’ve been lobbying, which is undoubtedly easier than working on the railroad, involving as it does heavy, outdoor work in all kinds of...more

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