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State Net Capitol Journal Legislative Updates: North Carolina Tries To Outlaw Climate Change Data
Posted on 2 Jul 2012 by State Net

BUT CAN THEY DO SOMETHING ABOUT THE HUMIDITY? Speaking of North Carolina, who knew the worst thing about global warming is that it might be bad for business? As the Los Angeles Times reports, things started when a Tar Heel State commission reported that... Read More

BP Alaska to Pay $25 Million Penalty for Alaskan North Slope Oil Spill
Posted on 4 May 2011 by LexisNexis Environmental Law Community Staff

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) have announced that BP Exploration Alaska... Read More

A Closer Look at Climate Change Skepticism -- An Interesting Assessment
Posted on 2 Dec 2010 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

In an interesting assessment, the author notes: "Debate over climate change is nothing new. Scientists have been arguing about whether greenhouse gases released by human activity might change the climate since the late nineteenth century, when Swedish... Read More

D.C. Circuit upholds California's GHG law against challenge, finding that the U.S. Chamber and NADA both lacked standing
Posted on 9 May 2011 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

Prior posts have followed the development of California's greenhouse gas law. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce challenged EPA's 2009 waiver which allowed California to regulate GHG emissions. In Chamber of Commerce of the United States et al v... Read More

An unexplained drop in atmospheric water vapor decreases global warming rates
Posted on 2 May 2010 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

Prior posts have noted the impact of irrigated agriculture on regional temperature increases. However, the influence of water vapor is also a key factor in understanding the rate of change in global temperatures. Researchers recently noted that a sudden... Read More

U.S. EPA Considering Limiting Self-Disclosure Incentives
Posted on 16 Mar 2012 by Steven M. Siros

By Steven M. Siros, Partner, Jenner & Block Under U.S. EPA's current audit policy, companies that self-disclose environmental violations may be entitled to the elimination or reduction of penalties for non-compliance. However, U.S. EPA recently... Read More

Columbia Law School Center for Climate Change Law: The Climate Battle Continues - Two Senate Bills Seek to Block EPA Regulation of Greenhouse Gases
Posted on 10 Feb 2011 by LexisNexis Environmental Law Community Staff

By Julia Ciardullo, Fellow, Center for Climate Change, Columbia Law School With the 112th Congress now in session, Senators from both parties have already introduced legislation that would block EPA’s ability to regulate greenhouse gases ... Read More

Obama Administration Finalizes Historic 54.5 mpg Fuel Efficiency Standards
Posted on 1 Sep 2012 by LexisNexis Environmental Law Community Staff

Consumer Savings Comparable to Lowering Price of Gasoline by $1 Per Gallon by 2025 WASHINGTON, DC - The Obama Administration has finalized groundbreaking standards that will increase fuel economy to the equivalent of 54.5 mpg for cars and light... Read More

Today's Supreme Court Decision in AEP v. Connecticut
Posted on 20 Jun 2011 by Michael B Gerrard

Here is my instant analysis of the decision just issued by the Supreme Court in American Electric Power v. Connecticut , the case in which several states and others sought a court order requiring several large electric utilities to reduce their greenhouse... Read More

Will the Federal GHG Tailoring Rule Extend To Cap and Trade?
Posted on 16 May 2011 by Marc Karell

By Marc Karell, Founder and Principal, Climate Change & Environmental Services Earlier this year the World Resources Institute and other organizations issued a report providing ways for the federal government to implement a cap and trade program... Read More

Global Climate Change
Posted on 25 May 2011 by LexisNexis Environmental Law Community Staff

By Michael B. Gerrard and Cullen Howe This chapter from Environmental Law Practice addresses both the factual background of global climate change and its legal implications. The chapter is divided into two parts, discussing the factual background... Read More

EPA Proposes First National Standard for Mercury Pollution from Power Plants
Posted on 17 Mar 2011 by LexisNexis Environmental Law Community Staff

Mercury and air toxics standards represent one of strongest health protections from air pollution since passage of Clean Air Act WASHINGTON – In response to a court deadline, today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed the first... Read More

Electric Utilities and States Present Oral Arguments in Supreme Court on Second Circuit Ruling on Power Plant Emissions
Posted on 21 Apr 2011 by Shane Dilworth

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) On Tuesday, April 19, The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments over whether it should uphold a Second Circuit ruling reinstating two lawsuits brought by eight states seeking to limit emissions from five power companies... Read More

EPA Sets Thresholds for Greenhouse Gas Permitting Requirements - Small businesses and farms will be shielded
Posted on 14 May 2010 by LexisNexis Environmental Law Community Staff

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced yesterday a final rule to address greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the largest stationary sources, while shielding millions of small sources of GHGs from Clean Air Act permitting... Read More