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VOLUME 31, NUMBER 2

MARCH/APRIL 2014


The Open Secret

The Open Secret

HEADNOTE: Through a seemingly minor provision of the Clean Water Act, inexpensive financing exists for private industrial pollution control. EPA has tried to get businesses interested, but its non-published non-guidance has gone ignored despite trillions of dollars available.

By Michael Curley
Johns Hopkins University

With Another View by Ben Grumbles of the U.S. Water Alliance

   
A Quantum Leap

A Quantum Leap

HEADNOTE: IBM built a multidisciplinary team drawn from its business units tasked with reducing energy use as a corporate imperative. After four years implementing over 6000 projects across 500 facilities in 56 countries, the company upped conservation by one fourth, saving $126 million.

By Jay Dietrich, Edan Dionne, and Wayne S. Balta
IBM

With Another View by EPA Energy Star's R. J. Meyers

   
Livestock's Hoof Print

Livestock's Hoof Print

HEADNOTE: Animal products are associated with almost a fifth of humanity's global warming influence, yet they remain virtually unregulated for environmental impacts. Better policies can lead to decreased consumption and increased sustainability.

By Bruce Myers
Environmental Law Institute

   
Testimony | Unleashing the Private Sector

Testimony | Unleashing the Private Sector

HEADNOTE: Businessman Tom Steyer shared the 2013 ELI Award with George P. Shultz, the former cabinet secretary, for their individual efforts in achieving a sustainable energy economy and combined campaign to protect California's groundbreaking climate change law through the “No on Prop 23” campaign. Here Mr. Steyer speaks to the 750 environmental professionals at the Omni Shoreham Hotel about how leveling the playing field by making sure the polluter pays will unshackle industry to develop cleaner energy and production.

   
The Forum | Executive Action on Climate<br />
Change: Beyond Vehicles and Power Plants

The Forum | Executive Action on Climate Change: Beyond Vehicles and Power Plants

HEADNOTE: The president doubled-down in his 2014 State of the Union speech, once again promising that his administration would take the lead in combating climate change if Congress failed to act. As Obama said in his 2013 speech, “I will direct my cabinet to come up with executive actions we can take, now and in the future, to reduce pollution, prepare our communities for the consequences of climate change, and speed the transition to more sustainable sources of energy.” But it's not all EPA's regulation of vehicles and power plants, which have been much in the news. This Forum asks high officials in a half dozen cabinet departments what they have been doing to meet the president's climate change challenge and implement his 2013 Climate Action Plan.

   

THE FEDERAL BEAT

By David P. Clarke

EPA is using regulation and a variety of “soft power” tools like incentives and awards.

AN ECONOMIC PERSPECTIVE

By Robert N. Stavins

The challenges in the way of an effective climate treaty are numerous and severe.

AROUND THE STATES

By Linda K. Breggin

Urban bicycling systems: Divvy, Hubway, and WEcycle — Oh My!

THE BOTTOM LINE

By Sara Kendall

Safer workplaces also operate with greater reliability, more efficiency, and lower costs.

IN THE COURTS

By Richard Lazarus

Two excellent lawyers face off in oral arguments before the Supreme Court.

SCIENCE AND THE LAW

By Craig M. Pease

The agricultural industry has stymied high quality studies on genetically modified organisms and health.

A VIEW FROM THE EU

By Gabrielle Williamson

Supporters in the European Union hope for a replication of the U.S. shale gas revolution.

IN THE LITERATURE

By Oliver Houck

On environmental law’s original morality play.

ELI REPORT

By Brett Kitchen

ELI team looks over Jordan, sees water saving opportunities.

RESEARCH BRIEF

By Jessica Troell

Take the Lilongwe: Coming Home to
Water in Africa.

CLOSING STATEMENT

By John C. Cruden

On advancing environmental protection.