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Foley Hoag LLP - Environmental Law

The UCS Wants to Preserve Existing Nuclear Plants — You Know that Means the Climate Situation Must Be Dire

The Union of Concerned Scientists just released a report, The Nuclear Power Dilemma. As Ken Kimmell, UCS’s President, said in a blog about the report, it: "calls for proactive policy to preserve nuclear power from existing...more

Womble Bond Dickinson

The Energy Crisis that Never Happened: What Happens Later?

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As recently as 2008, experts predicted a dire U.S. energy crisis by this time. In my last column, I surveyed the present positive energy landscape and described the energy crisis that never happened. Here are four factors...more

Bracewell LLP

Post-Election Update 2018

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2018 MIDTERMS: The Power of Women, Possibility, and Partisan Rancor - The 2018 midterm elections showcased the power of women, both as candidates and as a key voting demographic. The elections represented a new political...more

Allen Matkins

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - November 2018 #2

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Focus - Appeals court puts youth climate change lawsuit on hold - ASSOCIATED PRESS - Nov 8 A constitutional climate lawsuit filed in Oregon federal court in 2015 by a group of young Americans against the U.S. government...more

Bennett Jones LLP

New Details on Application of Federal Carbon-Pricing Backstop

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On October 23, 2018, the federal government made further announcements regarding the federal carbon-pricing backstop (the “Backstop”), providing details on where the pricing system will apply and how the revenues for those...more

Robins Kaplan LLP

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

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Wall Street apparently views a divided Congress as a good thing (think less chance of tighter regulation), and it celebrated by pushing the Dow up 500 points and jumping back into tech stocks....more

Jones Day

Climate Change Litigation Heats Up in Europe

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The Ruling: On October 9, 2018, the Hague Court of Appeal upheld the Hague District Court's 2015 first-instance ruling that the Dutch State violated the European Convention on Human Rights ("ECHR") and failed to fulfil its...more

K&L Gates LLP

Brussels Regulatory Brief: October 2018

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Antitrust and Competition - European Commission to consult on exemption regime for vertical agreements - The European Commission has indicated it will launch a wide-ranging public consultation on the Vertical Block Exemption...more

Robins Kaplan LLP

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

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The Wall Street Journal first reported yesterday that Amazon, fresh from a weekend leak suggesting that Northern Virginia was the HQ2 frontrunner, will choose two locations with an evenly split workforce for its next...more

Latham & Watkins LLP

7 Takeaways From California’s Extension of the Low Carbon Fuel Standard

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On September 27, 2018, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) passed Resolution 18-34, extending the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) Program to 2030 and making significant changes to the design and implementation of the...more

Foley Hoag LLP - Environmental Law

A Mixed Bag For Climate Litigation Plaintiffs

Last week there were two court decisions on cases in which groups of citizens are seeking court orders requiring the government to act on climate change. The biggest news was that the Supreme Court denied the stay requested...more

Beveridge & Diamond PC

Latin American Environmental Regulatory Tracker - November 2018

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REGIONAL - ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE - Twelve countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, including Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Mexico, and Peru, signed the Regional Agreement on Access to Information, Public...more

Pillsbury - Gravel2Gavel Construction & Real...

Climate Change Litigation Heating Up?

On October 30, in Sinnok, et al. v. State of Alaska, et al., the Superior Court, sitting in Anchorage, AK, granted the state’s motion to dismiss the plaintiffs’ (a “group of Alaska youth ages 5 to 20”) complaints that the...more

Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - November 2018

New York Sues Exxon Mobil, Saying It Deceived Shareholders on Climate Change - "The litigation, which follows more than three years of investigation, represents the most significant legal effort yet to establish that a...more

Jones Day

Sustainable Finance Regulations, Rules, and Guidelines in the European Union and United States—Time to Get Prepared

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Due to the increasing awareness of the importance of environmental, social, and governance ("ESG") initiatives, the European Commission came forward at the end of May 2018 with a proposal related to this topic. The proposal...more

Gray Reed & McGraw

Colorado Proposition 112 – More Fuss

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Any semblance of objectivity on the subject of the day is expressly disclaimed. This post contains distressing words, such as “oil and gas”, “fracking” and “jobs” that could cause severe emotional reactions in sensitive...more

Foley Hoag LLP - Environmental Law

A Short Rant Concerning Transportation Sector GHG Emissions

The Energy Information Administration today released CO2 emissions numbers through 2016. While I could rant about the 21.4% increase in GHG emissions in Florida since 1990, as compared to the 23.7% decrease in Massachusetts...more

Foley Hoag LLP - Environmental Law

The Rubber Begins to Hit the Road on Adaptation

I gave up some time ago on the idea that focusing on adaption was just a means of weaseling out of necessary measures to mitigate climate change. As the extraordinary becomes commonplace, it’s evident that we’ve ignored the...more

Robins Kaplan LLP

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

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US stocks dove again on Monday after early gains, thanks, in part, to concerns that the White House is planning yet another round of tariffs on “all remaining imports from China” if the US and China make no progress in trade...more

Hogan Lovells

Green finance: Drivers, challenges, and developments

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What is green finance? Achieving sustainable development is going to require huge financial investment. According to the European Commission, Europe alone has to close a yearly investment gap of almost €180 billion to...more

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Canada Details Federal Carbon Pricing System in Face of Increasing Opposition

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On October 23, 2018, the Government of Canada announced additional details regarding the federal carbon pricing system and published draft regulations amending the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act (Act). A federal fuel...more

Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - October 2018 #4

The U.S. Supreme Court Slows Children's Climate Lawsuit - For Now - "In the latest step of a fascinating bit of constitutional law called Atmospheric Trust Litigation, the Chief Justice halted the District Court trial...more

Allen Matkins

Sustainable Development Update - October 2018 #4

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Sustainable Development Focus - ULI report shows progress in real estate industry in reducing emissions and water waste - URBAN LAND - Oct 18 A new report from ULI’s Greenprint Center for Building Performance shows that...more

Allen Matkins

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - October 2018 #4

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Focus - President Trump orders expedited review of Delta water regulations - SACRAMENTO BEE - Oct 21 President Donald Trump last Friday signed a memorandum directing federal officials to review a broad swath of water...more

Foley Hoag LLP - Environmental Law

A Carbon Tax Twofer. A Meat Tax? No, Sir.

It’s probably not news that the immediate prospects for a carbon tax aren’t great. I still think that it’s going to seem impossible until, fairly suddenly, it actually happens. Hope springs eternal....more

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