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Monthly Climate Change Briefing: January 2018


January 8, 2018



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:

  • EPA ANPR on revising the Clean Power Plan, and other federal items
  • Chicago hosting the first North American Climate Summit
  • New York state announcements on EV initiatives, energy storage, energy efficiency, and more (including during State of the State address)
  • States hosting their own public sessions on EPA's proposed repeal of the CPP
  • The Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact released its Regional Climate Action Plan 2.0
  • San Antonio officially launched a climate change mitigation and adaptation planning effort
  • The Louisiana Strategic Adaptations for Future Environments program in Louisiana is finalizing a plan that would result in major relocations from high-risk coastal areas.
  • New lawsuits filed by City and County of Santa Cruz against fossil fuel companies for injuries caused by GHG emissions
  • Hawaii Supreme Court decision finding a state constitutional right to a clean environment, including climate change
  • 9th Circuit decision that NMFS did not adequately consider climate change in approving expansion of swordfish fishery that could harm endangered loggerhead turtles
  • Washington state ruling overturning state regulation on GHG emissions from certain stationary sources
  • New lawsuits challenging BLM postponement of compliance date for methane rule
  • Discussion of the tax bill in the context of the year's work in Congress on climate
  • FERC just issued a decision basically rejecting Energy Secretary Perry's "order" that they provide assistance to coal and nuclear plants; and starting a new proceeding on what it would really take to improve grid resilience

Michael B. Gerrard, Professor, Columbia Law School; Director, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law
Manik Roy, Senior Fellow, DEPLOY/US [formerly, ClimateWorks Foundation]
Robert Sussman, Principal, Sussman & Associates
Kate Zyla, Deputy Director, Climate Center, Georgetown University

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