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OMB Seeks Public Comment On Social Cost of Carbon
Posted on 14 Jan 2014 by E. Lynn Grayson

By E. Lynn Grayson The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) requests comments on the Technical Support Document entitled Technical Update of the Social Cost of Carbon for Regulatory Impact Analysis Under Executive Order 12866 . The Social Cost... Read More

New Climate Change Data Available
Posted on 23 Jul 2013 by E. Lynn Grayson

The World Resource Institute (WRI) has launched an online initiative to make global greenhouse gas emissions data more accessible and easier to understand. The free, online portal, referred to as Climate Analysis Indicators Tool or CAIT 2.0, provides... Read More

New CCCL Paper– Controlling Greenhouse Gas Emissions from International Shipping: Powers of Pacific Island States
Posted on 5 Mar 2014 by Columbia Law - Sabin Center for Climate Change Law

Columbia’s Center for Climate Change Law has published a new white paper analyzing state authority to regulate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the international shipping sector. International shipping is responsible for roughly the same percentage... Read More

Obama's Climate Plan Won't Work for Power Plants, Which Could Be Bad News for the Transportation Sector
Posted on 3 Sep 2013 by Foley & Lardner LLP

President Obama’s Climate Plan – which was released earlier this summer – sets as its goal a 17% national greenhouse gas reduction by 2020. The centerpiece of Obama’s plan is to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from new and existing... Read More

State Net Climate Change News: California, Hawaii Lead Way on Climate Change Targets
Posted on 20 Jul 2015 by State Net

Prodded by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and led by California and Hawaii, states are tackling climate change and promoting renewable energy. But the fossil fuel industry and skeptical Republicans are pushing back. Hawaii last month became... Read More

Obama’s Clean Power Plan: “There is such a thing as being too late”
Posted on 14 Sep 2015 by Dianne Saxe

In a passionate announcement last month (it’s worth watching ), President Barak Obama unveiled the United States’ plan for doing its part to combat climate change: the Clean Power Plan (the “Plan”). The Plan sets out to reduce... Read More

EPA Green-House Gas Regulation Argued Before Court
Posted on 16 Mar 2012 by William Perry Pendley

By William Perry Pendley, President and Chief Operating Officer of Mountain States Legal Foundation A hard-hitting brief filed by a western, nonprofit, public-interest legal foundation challenging the attempt by the Environmental Protection Agency ... Read More

Resilient Rhode Island Act of 2014 Sets 85% Carbon Emissions Reduction Goal by 2050, Strongest In the United States
Posted on 10 Sep 2014 by Columbia Law - Sabin Center for Climate Change Law

The Rhode Island legislature has passed the Resilient Rhode Island Act of 2014, [ enhanced version available to subscribers ], which addresses climate mitigation, adaptation and resilience, and establishes greenhouse gas emissions reductions... Read More

Minister Receptive to Commissioner’s Climate Report
Posted on 2 Sep 2014 by Dianne Saxe

Ontario’s Environmental Commissioner has issued his annual Climate Change report , as usual scolding the provincial government for its inaction on both mitigation and adaptation. But this year, the report got an unusual reception: the new Minister... Read More

IEA Proposes “Bridging Strategy” to Achieve Global Peak in Energy-Related GHG Emissions By 2020
Posted on 24 Aug 2015 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

The International Energy Agency (IEA- an autonomous organization which works to ensure reliable, affordable and clean energy for its 29 member countries and beyond) has issued a special report entitled “Energy and Climate Change” which proposes... Read More

Methane Emissions from Oil and Natural Gas Production and Use – How Accurate are the Estimates?
Posted on 16 Jul 2014 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

During a recent Environmental Law Institute teleconference, the climate change director of the US EPA’s air office cautioned that a better understanding is needed before drawing any conclusions from the top down or atmospheric sampling that was... Read More

White House Launches Clean Energy Investment Initiative
Posted on 2 Apr 2015 by Troutman Sanders

Last month, the White House announced a Clean Energy Investment Initiative in an effort to spur $2 billion in private sector investments aimed at addressing climate change and reductions in carbon pollution. The Department of Energy will look for ways... Read More

Top 6 at 6: Highlights of the Top Climate Change Legal Stories in the First Half of 2014
Posted on 13 Aug 2014 by J. Wylie Donald

Our semi-annual look at the top climate change legal stories is keyed on EPA. You hardly have to have been awake to be aware of the Clean Power Plan and UARG v. EPA , [ subscribers may access Supreme Court briefs and the opinion for this case... Read More