ELI In the News
The most deadly, destructive and widespread catastrophic-scale forest fires in Oregon’s history erupted on Labor Day this year, driven by strong east winds. Unless we change how our national and state forests are managed, these events will be just one more chapter in this age of predictable, increasing and ever-greater firestorms. I spent my career studying forest fires and forest health. In a 2018 Daily Caller interview, a few weeks before the California Camp Fire destroyed the town of Paradise, I said: "You take away logging, grazing and maintenance and you get firebombs." Then someone took my quote, put it on a forest fire photo and posted it from the ruins of Paradise. The resulting meme quickly went viral on Facebook. . . .
Under President Donald Trump, the federal government has rushed into a deregulation push unlike anything longtime environmental advocates say they have ever seen. The changes, including rollbacks to landmark rules on issues such as clean air and endangered species, go beyond familiar partisan seesawing between Republican and Democratic leadership. “On some level, the administration .... see(s) this as perhaps a generational opportunity to remake what the federal role in environmental protection is about,” said James McElfish, a senior attorney at the Environmental Law Institute. . . .
David Rejeski, visitor scholar at the Environmental Law Institute, describes efforts to obtain objective information about the “green” impacts of technological innovations such as blockchain, platform sharing and artificial intelligence. When the environmental community addresses advances in technology, it often does so “10 to 15 years too late,” says Rejeski. In the process, it tends to get pulled in opposite directions — viewing a particular aspect of technology as either the destruction or salvation of the planet. ELI’s recent research in this area is an attempt to find middle ground, with conclusions driven by objectivity and analytical rigor. Such an approach has been lacking when it comes to modern-day advances in tech, Rejeski says. Not enough money or effort is being spent by governments and independent research groups on assessing the true impact of technology on the environment. As a result, “The questions are really hard to answer.”
The Environmental Law Institute (ELI) has announced that on October 15, 2020, Denis Hayes, the organizer of the first Earth Day, will receive ELI’s 2020 Environmental Achievement Award in recognition of his visionary leadership and outstanding environmental stewardship over a most distinguished career. . . .
Environmental law constitutes a decent sliver of the Supreme Court's caseload, but none of the current justices seems to have much interest in environmental law, as such—or so I argue in my new article, "Which Way for the Roberts Court?", the cover story for the November/December 2020 issue of The Environmental Forum, published by the Environmental Law Institute.
Hydropower, which generates electricity through falling water, is Ethiopia's the most valued a renewable resource and accounts for more than 43 billion MW of electricity generation capacity. Unfortunately, this potential has not yet been fully utilized. Ethiopia's current power generation capacity is 4,300 MW and more than 80 percent of it is from water and the rest are from wind, solar and thermal. This clearly shows that hydropower is and will be the backbone of Ethiopia's energy-hungry economy of the country. The 4.5 billion USD dam, the Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) is at the heart of Ethiopia's manufacturing and industrial dreams and is expected to get the country out of poverty. When completed, it is expected to be able to generate a massive 6,000 megawatts of electricity and change the overall geostrategic importance of the Eastern Nile nations and the so-called historical rights of water use. . . .
The EPA’s pesticide inspectors will keep focusing on imported products, electronic commerce, and the accuracy of claims made in products purporting to protect against coronavirus infections, agency enforcement officials said Tuesday. The sheer volume of e-commerce in the midst of the pandemic has been a core reason the Environmental Protection Agency has focused on online sales of products making pesticidal claims, said Royan Teter, a supervisory life scientist at the EPA. . . .
The Environmental Law Institute (ELI) recently released Environment 2021: What Comes Next?, a report that looks at the Trump Administration’s impact on environmental law and policy and what lies ahead. ELI states that the report is “a response to growing demand for analysis of how deregulatory initiatives by the Trump Administration will affect environmental protection, governance, and the rule of law with a focus on what might happen in a second Trump administration or a new administration.” . . .
As a lifelong resident of St. John the Baptist Parish, Robert Taylor watched as the demographics of his hometown changed once the massive, powerful DuPont chemical company opened a chloroprene production plant in the parish in 1969. As soon as news broke more than a half-century ago that the DuPont plant was in the works, Taylor said, the white residents of St. John gradually picked up their stakes and left, as if they knew something very bad was about to happen. . . .
The Environmental Law Institute (ELI) has announced it will present its 2020 Environmental Achievement Award to Denis Hayes, the organizer of the first Earth Day and current president of the Bullitt Foundation, in recognition of his visionary leadership and outstanding environmental stewardship over a most distinguished career. . . .