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Faster Permitting Won’t Harm Environment, Top Trump Adviser Says

Bloomberg Environment & Energy Report (by Stephen Lee)
January 2, 2020

The Trump administration’s upcoming plan to speed environmental permitting won’t increase pollution or harm endangered species, said Mary B. Neumayr, the president’s top environmental adviser. The Council on Environmental Quality, which Neumayr leads as chairman, is trying to change the rules under the National Environmental Policy Act so projects can get reviewed faster. The 2018 advance notice of the proposal said the changes would also ensure reviews are done more efficiently and effectively. . . .

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How Even Libertarians Can Tackle The Climate Crisis

Forbes (by Jeff McMahon)
December 3, 2019

When the Environmental Law Institute compiled its more than 1,000-page compendium of pathways to decarbonize the United States, its editors asked the 58 chapter authors to recommend changes in law. The result is more than 1,500 adjustments to law that could reduce the nation’s collective carbon footprint, many of which call for repealing laws entirely. “What surprised me a bit reading the chapters, editing the chapters, was the extent to which the chapters said, look, on hydropower, on nuclear power, on distributed renewables, on utility-scale renewables, on carbon capture, law is

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Mount Laurel and Climate Change

Harvard Magazine (by Cherone Duggan)
November 1, 2019

"The first man who, having enclosed a piece of ground, bethought himself of saying, ‘This is mine,’ and found people simple enough to believe him, was the real founder of civil society.” So argued Jean-Jacques Rousseau in 1754. And so bemoans anyone who wants to tackle the might of NIMBYism and local property rights in the global fight against climate change today. . . .

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Increasingly popular single-use bans pose hurdle for plastics industry

Waste Dive (by E.A. Crunden)
October 25, 2019

When it comes to plastics policy, recent momentum appears to be on the side of environmentalists. Bans and taxes on plastic bags are increasingly common across the United States and in other countries, while items like plastic straws are growing more controversial. Those worried about potential pollution and toxicity associated with plastics see the trend as critical to rectifying environmental issues. But during a recent afternoon panel in Washington, D.C., members of the industry pushed back on that narrative. . . .

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LSU Law Professor Nick Bryner receives Environmental Futures Award

October 23, 2019

At a ceremony in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, Oct. 22, the Environmental Law Institute honored LSU Law Professor Nick Bryner with an Environmental Futures Award, which the nonprofit presents to “the next generation of leaders striving to address the environmental challenges of tomorrow.” Bryner spent a year working for the Environmental Law Institute after graduating from George Washington University Law School in 2012, but his interest in environmental issues that affect public health was sparked long before then. . . .

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This Week in Logistics News (October 5 – 11)

Logistics Viewpoints (by Chris Cunnane)
October 11, 2019

During a lunchtime keynote at the GreenTech 2019 conference, hosted by the Environmental Law Institute in Seattle, Amazon Prime Air vice president Gur Kimchi laid out the company’s vision for drone deliveries. Amazon looks at drone deliveries in a few ways. First, especially with all the attention being paid to environmental protection, every drone delivery is “a package not delivered by a car.” . . .

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Greening the supply chain: more carrot, less stick

FreightWaves (by Linda Baker)
October 4, 2019

From blockchain to 3D printing, new technologies have the potential to green the supply chain across industry sectors, and government can accelerate the process with new performance-based regulations. That was one of the main takeaways of Green Tech 2019, a two-day green technology conference that took place in Seattle this week, hosted by the Environmental Law Institute, a non-profit policy group. . . .

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Amazon Prime Air VP touts environmental, safety benefits of drone delivery (with video)

FreightWaves (by Linda Baker)
October 3, 2019

Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) Prime Air vice president Gur Kimchi held an audience of clean technology and environmental policy experts spellbound as he laid out the company’s vision of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) darting around the sky delivering packages to consumers in 30 minutes or less. ”We are very comfortable that the economics of this business are great,” said Kimchi, in a reference to the Prime Air delivery drone, an electric aircraft that is capable of both a helicopter-like vertical takeoff and landing as well as forward flight.

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Big Environmental Term for Supreme Court? Too Soon to Tell

Bloomberg Law (by Ellen M. Gilmer)
October 2, 2019

The Supreme Court’s environmental docket is still in flux just days from the launch of its new term, which begins Oct. 7. One of two high-stakes pollution cases on the calendar might not happen at all, and the court hasn’t yet decided whether to add more. Debates over natural gas pipelines, climate change, and the Flint water crisis are vying for the justices’ attention. Challenges to the Trump administration’s environmental rollbacks, meanwhile, are inching ahead in lower jurisdictions.

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Opponents fear case has already been built for Bay Bridge option

Bay Journal (by Jeremy Cox)
October 1, 2019

After three years of high-stakes analysis and sometimes-clamorous rhetoric over environmental and community impacts, four possible courses of action remain on the table for dealing with heavy traffic on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge in Maryland. The Maryland Transportation Authority in August proposed three possible routes for a new span, which would be the third to cross the Bay in the state. The agency also included a so-called “no-build” option — managing the congestion without constructing a new bridge. . . .

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