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Monthly Climate Change Briefing: April 2020


April 13, 2020



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.


Topics addressed in this month's call:

  • Baltimore v. BP (4th Cir.) -- refusing to remove public nuisance case to federal court
  • NRDC v. EPA (2nd Cir.) -- requiring EPA to disclose inputs to model used to justify relaxation of CAFE standard
  • Conservation Law Foundation v. Exxon (D.Mass.) -- staying case alleging Exxon violated Clean Water Act and Oil Pollution Act in preparing for impacts of extreme storm events on oil terminal
  • Massachusetts v. Exxon (D. Mass.) -- Remanding to state court Massachusetts' investigation of Exxon over alleged consumer fraud
  • U.S. v. California (ED CA) -- dismissing Trump administration lawsuit challenging California-Quebec agreement on emissions trading
  • The final car rule
  • The jockeying over green energy and  climate in the COVID-19 legislation
  • Updates on: Florida's climate bill; EV bills in Florida, Utah and Washington
  • New York list week adopted a major new law on the siting of utility-scale renewables, in order to help meet the targets in the New York Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act. See here.
  • Gas tax and transit revenues declining affecting state transportation sustainability and resilience investments

Vicki Arroyo, Executive Director, Climate Center, Georgetown University
Michael B. Gerrard, Professor, Columbia Law School; Director, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law
Robert Sussman, Principal, Sussman & Associates

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