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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

EPA Issues First National Standards for Mercury Pollution from Power Plants
Posted on 28 Dec 2011 by LexisNexis Environmental Law Community Staff

Historic 'mercury and air toxics standards' meet 20-year old requirement to cut dangerous smokestack emissions WASHINGTON - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards, the first national... Read More

An entirely new carbon sink in the oceans may have been discovered
Posted on 30 Nov 2010 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

One of the themes that has run through prior posts is to note that our understanding of the carbon cycle may leave more than a little to be desired. Such lack of understanding may explain why the impacts of global warming are, in some cases, more severe... Read More

Columbia Law School Center for Climate Change Law: Report Finds that Existing Technologies Could Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions From Buildings by 25% by 2050
Posted on 19 May 2011 by J. Cullen Howe

By J. Cullen Howe, Environmental Law Specialist, Arnold & Porter LLP On May 16, 2011, the International Energy Agency (IEA) released a report that found that greenhouse gas emissions from residential, commercial and public buildings, which currently... 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

Full-Scale CCS Project Put on Hold by AEP
Posted on 8 Aug 2011 by Patrick Greissing

By Patrick Greissing, Alston & Bird LLP Carbon capture and storage (CCS) has been deemed a technology that can help fight climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions; however, it has had trouble getting off the ground. The cost of CCS... Read More

Looking Forward and Looking Back - Some Climate Change Response Perspectives and Predictions
Posted on 10 Jan 2011 by J. Wylie Donald

By J. Wylie Donald, Partner, English & McCarter Another year done, another time to look back and to look forward. In the climate change space, the increasing tempo of regulation was halted, but that does not mean that there were not significant... Read More

EPA Endangerment Finding, Tailpipe, Timing and Tailoring Rules for Greenhouse Gas Emissions Under Clean Air Act Upheld
Posted on 2 Jul 2012 by Tom Moylan

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) A panel of the District of Columbia Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on June 26 found that rules and findings by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that regulate greenhouse gas emissions from cars, light trucks and... Read More

Cap-and Trade War Coming Our Way
Posted on 8 Nov 2011 by Robert Lawrence and Dustin Till

By Robert F. Lawrence, Partner, and Dustin Till, Associate, Marten Law Cap and trade is a market-based framework under which aggregate emissions are capped and regulated businesses must obtain (through government allocations, auctions, or secondary... Read More

Guest Blog of the Week: Prospects for Climate & Energy Legislation in Late 2010—Part I
Posted on 1 Sep 2010 by Meredith Irvin and Erin Book

By Meredith Irvin and Erin Book, Managing Directors, SNR Denton In a week-long blog series, Meredith Irvin and Erin Book will summarize the main climate and/or energy proposals that are currently being discussed as we head into the final working... Read More

Columbia Law School Center for Climate Change Law: California Air Resources Board Adopts Regional Cap-and-Trade Program
Posted on 7 Dec 2011 by Columbia Law - Sabin Center for Climate Change Law

By Julia Dobtsis, JD Candidate, 2012, Cornell Law School On October 20, 2011, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) announced the adoption its long awaited Air Resources Board Emissions Trading Program. The state-administered program is... 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

Keller and Heckman LLP Environmental Business Alert: Fifth Circuit Upholds Texas Clean Air Act Flexible Permit Program
Posted on 7 Sep 2012 by Keller and Heckman LLP

Fifth Circuit Upholds Texas Clean Air Act Flexible Permit Program On August 13, 2012, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (Fifth Circuit) issued its opinion upholding the Texas Flexible Permit Program. For now, the decision in Texas v.... Read More

Effects of New NOx RACT Rules
Posted on 8 Nov 2011 by Marc Karell

By Marc Karell, P.E., CEM, Principal, Climate Change & Environmental Services, LLC Virtually all states that have nonattainment areas for ozone have passed a rule called nitrogen oxide (NO x ) Reasonably Achievable Control Technology (RACT)... Read More