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Judge Endorses Use of the Social Cost of Carbon in NEPA Analysis
Posted on 9 Sep 2014 by Columbia Law - Sabin Center for Climate Change Law

In 2010, the U.S. government formed an interagency working group of scientific and economic experts to develop an estimate of the social cost of carbon (SCC). The SCC puts a dollar figure on the damages done or damages avoided for possible scenarios resulting... Read More

The Pope’s Environmental Economics
Posted on 5 Oct 2015 by Columbia Law - Sabin Center for Climate Change Law

Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’, On Care for Our Common Home includes a section about the economics of carbon mitigation. Although a small part of the encyclical—one paragraph out of 246—the pope’s economic prescription... Read More

Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) Issues Revised Guidance for Climate Change Analysis in National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Reviews
Posted on 26 Feb 2015 by Al Herson

By Mr. Al Herson Get the latest analysis on the Council on Environmental Quality's revised draft guidance on climate change analysis in NEPA reviews. The article reviews the major provisions of the draft guidance, including analyzing greenhouse... Read More

States Should Think Twice Before Refusing Any Response to EPA’s Clean Power Rules
Posted on 14 Apr 2015 by Columbia Law - Sabin Center for Climate Change Law

The date is approaching for EPA to finalize its rules for controlling carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants, and states are contemplating their responses to those rules. A number of commentators have recommended that states “just say... Read More

Back to the Future: EIA’s Analysis of EPA’s Clean Power Plan Concludes that Power Sector CO2 Emissions May Drop to 1980s Levels
Posted on 21 Jul 2015 by Jenner & Block Corporate Environmental Lawyer

In June 2014, EPA issued its proposed Clean Power Plan to regulate CO2 emissions from existing power plants under section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act, [subscribers can access an enhanced version of this statute: lexis.com | Lexis Advance ]. The Clean... Read More

Supreme Court Rejects Premise For GHG Tailoring Rule, But Largely Maintains EPA’s Authority To Set GHG Emission Limits
Posted on 6 Aug 2014 by DLA Piper

By Deborah E. Jennings , Catherine B. Campbell , and Andrew B. Schatz In a split decision, the United States Supreme Court confirmed the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to regulate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from new and modified... Read More

The Clean Power Plan: A View from FERC
Posted on 4 Mar 2015 by J. Wylie Donald

By J. Wylie Donald It was innocuous enough: Conference on Environmental Regulations; but the plainness of title belied what was going on at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission at the first public forum at FERC on EPA's Clean Power Plan... Read More

Challenges to EPA’s Proposed Carbon Rules: What If They Succeed?
Posted on 13 Nov 2014 by Columbia Law - Sabin Center for Climate Change Law

By Michael B. Gerrard The Clean Power Plan proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency in June is the centerpiece of the Obama Administration’s efforts to fight climate change. Coal-fired power plants are by far the largest source of greenhouse... Read More

Democratic Senators Introduce Carbon Tax Bill
Posted on 13 Jul 2015 by Columbia Law - Sabin Center for Climate Change Law

On Wednesday, June 10, two Democratic Senators (Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island and Brian Schatz of Hawaii) introduced a bill that would impose a carbon tax of $45 per ton of carbon emissions. For other greenhouse gases, the bill imposes a carbon dioxide... Read More

Toronto Trees: $7B In Health and Environment
Posted on 29 Jul 2014 by Dianne Saxe

Toronto trees are worth an estimated $7 Billion, or about $700 per tree, according to a June 9, 2014, report from TD Economics . Toronto trees provide residents with over $80 million, or about $8 per tree, of environmental benefits and savings a year... Read More

National Round Table on Environment and Economy (NTREE): Who Understands Climate Risks?
Posted on 24 May 2012 by Dianne Saxe

By Dianne Saxe, Ontario Environmental Lawyer In its Advisory Report - Facing the Elements: Building Business Resilience in a Changing Climate , the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy provides a fascinating insight into the way... Read More

Columbia Law School Center for Climate Change Law: Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Prepares for 2012 Program Review
Posted on 14 Oct 2011 by Columbia Law - Sabin Center for Climate Change Law

By Shelley Welton, Deputy Director & Fellow, Center for Climate Change, Columbia Law School On Tuesday, October 11, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) held one of a series of stakeholder learning sessions devoted to possible program... Read More

Marten Law: Senate Climate Bill Introduced Amid Considerable Fanfare, and an Uncertain Future
Posted on 1 Jun 2010 by Svend Brandt-Erichsen and Dustin Till

By Svend Brandt-Erichsen and Dustin Till, Attorneys, Marten Law PLLC “Senators Kerry and Lieberman released their much-anticipated cap and trade legislation on May 12, 2010. The Kerry-Lieberman bill takes its place alongside H.R. 2454, the... Read More

Marten Law: EPA Issues Final Rule Regulating Greenhouse Gases From New and Modified Sources
Posted on 1 Jun 2010 by Svend Brandt-Erichsen and Dustin Till

By Svend Brandt-Erichsen and Dustin Till, Attorneys, Marten Law PLLC “With a one-two punch, EPA on May 13, 2010 issued permitting requirements for larger stationary sources of greenhouse gases (GHGs), just one day after Senators Kerry and... Read More