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Monthly Climate Change Briefing: March 2017


March 13, 2017



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:

  • Anticipated Trump EOs on Clean Power Plan and the light-duty emission rules
  • Legislation was introduced in both California and Massachusetts to require that 100 percent of electricity in the state and commonwealth come from renewable sources.
  • Electric vehicle drivers in California are receiving checks from utilities through a program in the state’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard system to reduce GHG emissions generated by gasoline and diesel.
  • The California Air Resources Board looks as if it is posed to extend its cap-and-trade program to meet the state’s GHG emission reduction goals from 2020 to 2030, as legal uncertainty around the program has hurt demand for GHG auction permits.
  • Oregon is behind on achieving its GHG reduction goals largely because of an increase in GHG emissions from the transportation sector as vehicles-mile-driven have increased, but is exploring policies to further reduce its GHG emissions.
  • California's State Water Resources Control Board will consider a comprehensive resolution to embed climate change into all of its programs and decisionmaking.
  • Broward County in the Southeast Florida region has ordered the development of new flood maps that account for changes in groundwater levels due to projected sea-level rise, in order to help ensure resilient infrastructure investments in the future.
  • Columbia Riverkeeper v. Pruitt: re temperature TMDL requirement
  • Ligitation over Scott Pruitt's emails
  • Challenge to Illinois' zero emissions credits for nuclear facilities
  • Challenge to Trump EO on reducing regulation

Michael Berger, Executive Director, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law
Robert Sussman, Principal, Sussman & Associates
Kate Zyla, Deputy Director, Climate Center, Georgetown University

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