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Monthly Climate Change Briefing


July 8, 2013



NOTE: This series of briefings is available only to those who are ELI members by virtue of their organizations' support of the Institute. Please consult our list of institutional member firms/consulting groups, corporations, or NGOs to ascertain if you are eligible to join these sessions. For more information on becoming an institutional member of ELI so that you and your colleagues would receive routine access to these briefings, please contact Chandra Middleton or see our membership page.


Staying on top of the legal and policy developments in the climate change arena is no small task. As a special service to our institutional members, the Environmental Law Institute provides a series of monthly conference calls with national experts on climate law and policy to keep you up to date and to answer your questions.

Topics addressed in this month's call:

  • Cases: Montana Environmental Information Center v. BLM, In Re Polar Bear Endangered Species Act Listing, Association of Taxicab Operators v. City of Dallas, and POET v. CARB
  • President's climate plan, Part 1: an assessment of power plant regulations (see Danish et al. article); EPA has sent new standards to OMB
  • President's climate plan, Part 2: congressional reaction to the statement specifically, as well in larger context -- Gina McCarthy, Keystone XL, carbon tax
  • State updates: VT/Quebec EV corridor announcement; majority of RGGI states in early stages of implementing new 'model rule'; Bloomberg outlines $20B storm protection plan and seeks to redo building code in Sandy's wake; ME House overrides governor's veto of bill with efficiency, renewables provisions; CT governor signs measure to modify state's renewable energy strategy

Vicki Arroyo, Executive Director, Climate Center, Georgetown University
Kyle W. Danish, Partner, Van Ness Feldman, LLP
Michael B. Gerrard, Professor, Columbia Law School ; Director, Center for Climate Change Law
Manik Roy, Vice President, Strategic Outreach, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES)