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2018 Outlook on the Clean Power Plan

Heading into 2018, undoing the Clean Power Plan, the Obama Administration’s signature regulation for addressing climate change, remains a high priority under the Trump Administration. While 2017 was rife with statements, some...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - January 2018 - Issue 2

Ohio Supreme Court Joins Texas and Oklahoma in Holding the State Does Not Recognize a Separate Implied Covenant to Explore Further - "We conclude that Ohio does not recognize an 'implied covenant to explore further'...more

Lowered Threshold for Emissions Reporting for Alberta Facilities

by Bennett Jones LLP on

Effective January 1, 2018, all facilities emitting 10,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) per year or more in Alberta are required to submit annual reports on their emissions to the Alberta government. ...more

Latin American Environmental Regulatory Tracker

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

Happy New Year! With the close of 2017, Latin America ushered in a range of significant initiatives. Brazil proposed lead limits in paints and similar coating materials consistent with current U.N. recommendations. Chile has...more

2018 California Construction Law Update

The California State Legislature introduced 2,495 bills during the first year of the 2017-2018 Legislative Session. Of these, 859 were signed into law....more

Climate Change and Trends in Global Finance

On December 12, French President Emmanuel Macron, joined by President of the World Bank Group, Jim Yong Kim and the Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres, hosted the One Planet Summit highlighting public...more

Some Extreme Climate Events Would Not Have Happened But For Climate Change: Lawyers Are Paying Attention

Today’s ClimateWire (subscription required) contained a long summary of evidence that scientists are increasingly able to demonstrate that climate change is what we lawyers would call the “but for” cause of extreme weather...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - December 2017 #3

Trump Delivers a Mixed Message on His National Security Approach - "In another shift from his predecessor, Mr. Trump's strategy does not recognize the changing climate as a threat to national security. The document instead...more

Putting an End to the Climate Change Debate -- More or Less

by Burr & Forman on

President Trump has promised that his Administration will resolve any continuing debate on climate change. On the front line of the effort, the President’s EPA Administrator, Scott Pruitt, has moved to eliminate climate...more

The North Slope Is Really, Really, Getting Warmer. Drill, Baby, Drill

The Washington Post reported this week that Utqiagvik, Alaska (formerly known as Barrow), has gotten so warm, so fast, that NOAA’s computers can’t even believe it. The data for Utqiagvik (that’s hard to type!) were so high...more

Energy Newsletter - December 2017

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Environmental Citizen Suits—A Growing Trend Under the Trump Administration - In his first year in office, President Trump has begun to deliver on his campaign promise of rolling back environmental regulations—from the...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Crowdfunding site Indiegogo is hoping that a bold move—as one of the first mainstream companies to do so— into the roller-coaster world of ICOs will help make the offerings more palatable for small and large investors....more

Alberta Unveils Changes to Its Credit and Offset Regime: What’s in Store for Large Industrial Emitters

On December 6, 2017, the Government of Alberta released guidance documents regarding the new Carbon Competitiveness Incentives (CCI) Regulation, which will come into force on January 1, 2018 and replace the existing Specified...more

Window on Washington - Vol. 1, Issue 38

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One Shutdown Averted, Countdown Begins Again: With the government funded through December 22, House and Senate leadership are shifting their focus on how to structure a long-term spending deal that would include an increase...more

Bonn Climate Talks Discuss Litigation Trend Linking Climate Change and Human Rights

by King & Spalding on

Climate change has been in the news recently in the wake of the Bonn Climate Talks, which took place between November 6 and 17, 2017. One key take away from the Talks: energy companies must seriously consider potential...more

Climate Change and Coastal Adaptation in the Tri-State Area

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Thirteen federal agencies released a report in November 2017 in which they conclude that humans are the primary cause of climate change. The report, entitled Climate Science Special Report, is of particular concern to Long...more

Ontario Issues Proposed Amendments In Support Of Biofuels

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On November 29, 2017, the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (Ministry) issued proposed amendments to the Ethanol in Gasoline regulation (O. Reg. 535/05) and the Greener Diesel -- Renewable Fuel Content...more

Institutional Investors Call for Increased, Standardized, Climate-Related Disclosures

by Bennett Jones LLP on

On October 26, 2017, 30 Canadian financial institutions representing $1.2 trillion in investment assets (the Signatories), including Desjardins and Vancity, issued a declaration (the Declaration) of commitment to advancing...more

Climate risk? Credit risk! Moody’s Warns State and Local Governments

Earlier this week, Moody’s Investors Service announced issuance of a report (payment required) warning that: “the effects of climate change, including climbing global temperatures, and rising sea levels, are forecast to...more

US Climate Science Special Report Reveals Significant Findings

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The US Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) has released the Climate Science Special Report (CSSR or the Report). Published on November 3, 2017, this US-focused authoritative climate change science assessment serves as a...more

The Climate Report - Fall 2017

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US. REGULATORY AND LITIGATION DEVELOPMENTS - EPA PROPOSES TO RESCIND CLEAN POWER PLAN - What EPA Did - In a decision expected and promised since the election of President Donald Trump, the United States...more

ISS Releases 2018 Voting Policy Updates

by White & Case LLP on

On November 16, 2017, Institutional Shareholder Services ("ISS") published updates to its benchmark proxy voting policy applicable to shareholder meetings held on or after February 1, 2018. The policy updates are the...more

ISS Announces 2018 Updates to US Proxy Voting Guidelines

Proxy advisory firm Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) recently announced updates to its U.S. proxy voting guidelines for the 2018 proxy season. Although the updates are not likely to have a significant impact on 2018...more

If the Apocalypse Approaches, But the Administration Ignores It, Will It Make a Sound?

Last week, the government released the Climate Science Special Report, the first volume of the Fourth National Climate Assessment. It makes grim reading – or perhaps more accurately, grim reaper – reading. Here’s what we...more

Reminder of the Impacts of Air Pollution on Public Health

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The issue of climate change has become the focus of air emission regulations and prompted deep division in the process. The last Presidential election brought the issue to the fore in the sense that those who are now...more

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