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Monthly Climate Change Briefing: February 2019


February 11, 2019



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:

  • First corporate climate change bankruptcy (but maybe not the last?): PG&E.
  • Board engagement (or lack thereof) on climate change: recent news from Financial Times and BP BOD pushing for company's goals to be linked to Paris.
  • What's driving corporate climate action by the WEF coming from Davos.
  • Massachusetts governor Charlie Baker proposed a real estate tax increase to help address and prepare for climate change impacts and extreme weather.
  • Oregon's Governor Kate Brown signed an executive order establishing an Oregon Wildfire Response Council, recognizing that climate change is affecting the wildfire season and directing the Council to make recommendations to improve wildfire preparedness.
  • Florida's new governor signed an executive order addressing water pollution and sea-level rise, but without mentioning "climate change" explicitly.
  • New Colorado Gov. Polis included several directives to grow EV market through an executive order.
  • OR is planning to pass new legislation relating to Statewide Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Goals.

  • US Climate Alliance has grown since January after the new governors were sworn in.
  • Recent developments in Congress and the impact of the shutdown on pending rule makings at EPA.
  • Notes on the Wheeler confirmation.
  • Ninth Circuit rejection of challenge to California's low carbon fuel standard.
  • SD TX dismissal of class action suit under ERISA against Exxon re climate disclosures.
  • Oregon appellate court finding no state obligation to protect public trust resources from climate change.

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

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