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Columbia Law School Center for Climate Change Law: Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Prepares for 2012 Program Review

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 reforms. Tuesday's session focused on electricity...

The Sustainable Corporation: The New Climate Metric – The Sustainable Corporation and Energy

By Steven Ferrey Introduction: The New Vocabulary A. The Alphabet Starts with "C" "C" is for "carbon," "climate," and "conundrum." The environmental vernacular at the millennium is shifted forever - "carbon footprint," "offsets...

Global Warming: Reasonable, Cost-effective Steps that can slow the Temperature Rise

First, some good news. Prior posts have noted repeatedly the key role that methane plays in global warming (the longterm trend in temperature, not seasonal or annual variations). Prior posts have also noted the role that particulates-aerosols play in global warming, and their adverse effect on human...

National Round Table on Environment and Economy (NTREE): Who Understands Climate Risks?

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 different business sectors perceive, and disclose...

OMB Seeks Public Comment On Social Cost of Carbon

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 of Carbon (SCC) is used to estimate the value to society...

The Top 6 at 12: Highlights of the Top Climate Change Legal Stories in the Second Half of 2013

by J. Wylie Donald 2013 has drawn to a close; here is our take on the top six climate change legal stories in the last six months. 1. Climate Change Assessments - Blockbuster legislation may have been evaded once more but that has not stopped those in the trenches. Assessments of climate change...

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Toronto Trees: $7B In Health and Environment

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, as they are a critical factor in environmental conditions...

Supreme Court Rejects Premise For GHG Tailoring Rule, But Largely Maintains EPA’s Authority To Set GHG Emission Limits

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 stationary sources that are required to obtain...

Top 6 at 6: Highlights of the Top Climate Change Legal Stories in the First Half of 2014

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 , [lexis.com subscribers may access Supreme Court briefs and the opinion for this case]. But other things have stirred the pot as well:...

Judge Endorses Use of the Social Cost of Carbon in NEPA Analysis

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 in discrete amounts of carbon dioxide emission...

Resilient Rhode Island Act of 2014 Sets 85% Carbon Emissions Reduction Goal by 2050, Strongest In the United States

The Rhode Island legislature has passed the Resilient Rhode Island Act of 2014, [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ], which addresses climate mitigation, adaptation and resilience, and establishes greenhouse gas emissions reductions targets of 10% below 1990 levels by 2020, 45% by...

Companies Leading the Charge on Carbon Pricing

By Steven M. Siros While it is unlikely that the 113th Congress will take any action on climate change (especially not in advance of the November 2014 elections), many major public companies aren't waiting for Congressional action and are instead proactively beginning to factor internal carbon...

Challenges to EPA’s Proposed Carbon Rules: What If They Succeed?

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 gas emissions in the United States, and...

EPA Comments Suggest Emphasis On Creativity And Internalizing Externalities In Climate Strategy

By Jameson Tweedie The American Bar Association's Section of Energy, Environment and Resources held its Fall Conference recently. Noteworthy from a climate perspective were the keynote address by Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy, along with comments by other officials...

Four Big Ideas on Climate Change

By Paula Boutis The UN climate convention conference that wrapped up in December in Lima was meant to deliver a draft for a new universal climate agreement to be inked in Paris, France in 2015 and to come into effect in 2020. Before the meeting, hopes were officially high: All eyes will now...

Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) Issues Revised Guidance for Climate Change Analysis in National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Reviews

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 gas impacts of proposed actions and the effects of...

The Clean Power Plan: A View from FERC

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. It played to overflow crowds. Notwithstanding arriving...

White House Launches Clean Energy Investment Initiative

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 to partner with private investors to pursue clean...

States Should Think Twice Before Refusing Any Response to EPA’s Clean Power Rules

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 no” to EPA and refuse to prepare state plans...

Democratic Senators Introduce Carbon Tax Bill

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 equivalent fee. The sponsors claim that the...

Back to the Future: EIA’s Analysis of EPA’s Clean Power Plan Concludes that Power Sector CO2 Emissions May Drop to 1980s Levels

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 Power Plan proposes to limit carbon emissions from...

The Pope’s Environmental Economics

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 received extensive coverage from top newspapers...

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Meeting China’s Climate Goals: An Expert Discussion

The Sabin Center and the Center on Global Energy Policy (CGEP) recently co-hosted a panel discussion on Meeting China’s Climate Goals . The event was convened to discuss how China can shift its economy away from coal-fired power generation, improve energy efficiency, and increase the share of low...