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Obama Administration Climate Change

Article: June 2017: Energy Litigation Update

New Administration Leads to Pause of Major Energy-Related Litigation. In March, President Trump signed an executive order directing the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) to “suspend, rescind, or revise” several...more

Sustainable Development Update - June 2017 #3

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - California and New York just sued to protect Obama’s final energy rules - Washington Post - Jun 14 - Eleven states, led by California and New York, have sued the Trump...more

Trump decides to leave Paris climate accord

by Dentons on

Citing concerns for US economic competitiveness and sovereignty, President Donald Trump held a Rose Garden ceremony yesterday to announce that he is withdrawing the US from the Paris climate agreement. The US will remain part...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

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - March 2017 #5

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - Trump moves decisively to wipe out Obama’s climate-change record - Washington Post - Mar 28 - President Trump on Tuesday took the most significant step yet in obliterating...more

President Trump Issues Executive Order on Climate Change

On March 28, 2017, President Donald Trump issued an executive order that significantly rolls back climate change policy enacted under the Obama administration and requires review of agency actions that may negatively impact...more

President Trump Orders EPA Review of Corporate Average Fuel Economy Standards

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

One of the more aggressive steps taken by the Obama administration to reduce carbon emissions was to have the EPA set an ambitious target for Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards: 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025. In...more

Will China Become the Global Leader on Climate Change?

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Climate change has become a key concern for China in recent years, as evidenced by its pledge to reduce carbon emissions per unit of GDP by 60% from 2015 levels by 2030. As we have previously written, it has also become a...more

Methane Emissions Standards Take Effect

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

Effective this past August 3, the EPA has new regulations for methane and volatile organic compound emissions from oil and gas operations  As you know, reducing methane emissions is a key component of the President‘s climate...more

Clean Power Plan has its day in court - Will the D.C. Circuit uphold EPA’s landmark CO2 regulations?

by Dentons on

In a marathon day-long session before a packed courtroom (and a number of overflow rooms) on Tuesday, September 27, 2016, the full US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit heard oral arguments in a litigation challenging the...more

U.S., China ratify Paris climate agreement

by PretiFlaherty on

The U.S. has formally ratified the global climate change agreement reached in Paris last year, as has China. This moves the Paris climate agreement closer to legal effectiveness -- but more nations must accept the pact...more

NEPA guidance on greenhouse gas emissions

by PretiFlaherty on

Federal agencies have new guidance on how to address the effects of greenhouse gas emissions and climate change as those agencies satisfy their duties under the National Environmental Policy Act. This month the White House...more

White House Issues Guidance Advising Agencies to Assess Climate Change in NEPA Reviews

On August 1, the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) issued its final guidance for federal agencies on considering greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and the effects of climate change in National Environmental...more

White House Issues Final Guidance on Climate Change Impact Analysis

by WilmerHale on

On August 1, 2016, the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) released its final guidance on how and when federal agencies should consider the direct and indirect impacts from climate change, including from...more

White House Issues Final NEPA Guidance on Climate Change

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

On August 2, 2016, the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) issued its final guidance for federal agencies to assess the impact of their decisions on greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) and also how such decisions...more

Prime Minister Modi’s Visit to the U.S.: U.S., India Seek Stronger Ties, Increased Trade

by King & Spalding on

The world’s largest democracy and the world’s most powerful democracy continue to seek ways to create deeper ties. Given larger geopolitical trends, it appears the relationship is blossoming, which presents opportunities for...more

EPA Doubles Down with Expansive New Methane Regulation

The Obama administration took two major steps in implementing its comprehensive climate change strategy this month, setting first-ever methane emissions standards for new, reconstructed and modified sources and simultaneously...more

Environmental Notes - April 2016

by Williams Mullen on

EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance recently proposed changes to its National Program Manager (NMP) Guidance that, in part, would revise EPA’s National Enforcement Initiatives (“NEIs”) for federal fiscal...more

I Wish for a Happy Earth Day

April 22nd marked Earth Day, an annual celebration of environmentalism. The headline event of Earth Day 2016 was having 175 countries sign the Paris Agreement, which represents a global commitment to reducing greenhouse gas...more

U.S., China to sign Paris climate agreement

by PretiFlaherty on

The U.S. and China have announced plans to sign the international climate change agreement reached in Paris last December. The Paris Agreement, adopted at the "COP21" U.N. Conference on Climate Change, establishes a...more

Bracing For a Regulatory Race to the Finish

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Over the last several months, much critical attention has focused on two environmental efforts: (1) EPA’s recently issued Clean Power Plan, which seeks reductions of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from existing power plants,...more

Energy & Environment Update - November 2015

Energy and Climate Debate - In his final major effort prior to retiring last week, Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) reached a bipartisan agreement, the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, with other House and Senate...more

Energy & Environment Update - October 2015 #4

by Mintz Levin - ML Strategies on

Energy and Climate Debate - Following a busy week for the Obama Administration during which it held several energy and climate events in anticipation of the international climate negotiations at the end of the year in...more

Clean Power Plan Published; Appeals Period Begins

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan was published in the Federal Register today, triggering a 60-day appeals period. Petitioners will have until December 22, 2015, to file appeals of the Clean...more

Energy & Environment Update - October 2015 #3

by Mintz Levin - ML Strategies on

Energy and Climate Debate: Congress returns from the Columbus Day holiday this week to full schedules in both chambers, including several energy and environment hearings of interest. In the meantime, the Obama...more

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