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Monthly Climate Change Briefing: April 2016

When:

April 11, 2016

Where:

Teleconference


Staying on top of the legal and policy developments in the climate change arena is no small task. As a special service to our 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.

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Topics addressed in this month's call:

  • The Clean Power Plan briefing to the DC Circuit
  • 9th Circuit decision on endangered species listings
  • MD Gov. Larry Hogan signed the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act of 2016, which requires a 40% emission reduction below 2006 levels by 2030; MD House of Delegates passed legislation to increase state's RPS to 25% by 2020
  • NY enacts $2000 state consumer rebates for electric vehicle purchases
  • WA Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill allowing utility Puget Sound Energy to begin setting aside funds to pay for decommissing two Colstrip coal units in Montana (owned by 6 out-of-state utilities, including the two Oregon utilities we reported on last month)
  • CPP state compliance update: PA Gov. Tom Wolf vetoed a bill that would have allowed either chamber of the state General Assembly the ability to disapprove of the state's compliance plan; Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell sent a letter to the National Governors Assn urging states to stop compliance work on EPA's CPP
  • The NH Coastal Risk and Hazards Commission issued a draft report and recommendations on preparing the state for storm surge, sea-level rise, and extreme precipitation
  • The EPA's just-released final HFC phase-out rule and EPA's kick-off of its voluntary methane challenge program for the oil and gas sector
  • New report by Chinese experts that China’s GHG emissions will peak a decade earlier, and at a lower level, than projected
  • Current effort to regulate international aviation emissions: could be the biggest international climate agreement this year

Speakers:
Vicki Arroyo, Executive Director, Climate Center, Georgetown University
Michael B. Gerrard, Professor, Columbia Law School; Director, Center for Climate Change Law
Manik Roy, Director of Political Assessment, ClimateWorks Foundation
Robert Sussman, Principal, Sussman & Associates

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