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Monthly Climate Change Briefing: March 2019


March 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:

  • Clean Air Council v. US (ED PA):  Dismissing claim that Trump administration's climate change rollbacks were unconstitutional
  • WildEarth Guardians v. Zinke (D. Mont.): Finding the Office of Surface Mining should have performed social cost of carbon analysis for expansion of coal mine
  • Gloucester Resources Ltd. v. Minister for Planning (NSW Land & Env't Court): Australian decision denying approval for coal mine, largely on grounds of the GHG emissions from the coal it produces
  • Termination of talks between EPA and California on the light-duty vehicle standards
  • Recent Congressional developments
  • Trump Administration ends talks with California over vehicle efficiency and GHG standards
  • More states join US Climate Alliance
  • Multi-state coalitions of state AGs fighting against 6 Trump administration rollbacks (NYU special report and related press conference with state AGs)
  • Trump Admin seeks to rescind federal funding for California high speed rail
  • Alaska Governor Dunleavy issued an administrative order disbanding the state's Climate Action for Alaska Leadership Team

James Bradbury
, Mitigation Program 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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